Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian

When you have just gotten your new pet, you will be wondering about the proper care of your pet. Here we offer some questions to ask your veterinarian when you take your pet for its first doctor visit. These things will not only easy your mind about the proper care of your pet, but will also give you an idea of a proper diet for your pet in the case of exotic animals such as Iguanas, snakes, etc.



One of the first things you should ask your vet is which vaccinations your pet should have. With dogs and cats, the common vaccinations are generally well known, but what if you have a pet rabbit, or an iguana or something of that nature?
Another good question would be to ask when stool samples should be brought in, and how often to check for parasites such as worms. A heartworm medication will be a monthly dosage depending on the size of the pet. Heartworms are generally not treatable when they are finally realized, so an ounce of prevention is indeed worth much more than a pound of cure in this case. Heartworms could mean death for your pet. Other parasites however such as hookworms, tapeworms, etc. can be easily treated.


Another good question to ask your veterinarian is about your dog’s diet. How much he should be fed and how often will go a long way to maintaining a healthy pet. Many dog owners will fill a bowl for the pet to eat at leisure. Some pets however, will over do it, and eat simply because it is there, which leads to a weight problem. Weight problems often lead to other issues, so if weight does become a problem for your pet, the vet may have to recommend a diet to bring the weight down. A less active pet will typically need let food, while a very active pet will eat much more.



In the case of a cat, you should check with your vet to see how often your precious feline will need to be checked for feline leukemia. Leukemia is a common problem for cats and can be prevented with proper care.


Check with your vet also about feeding your pet “people” food. It is generally not recommended, however there are a number of different types of “people” food that are perfectly fine for your pet. One of these includes vegetables, and in fact, most pet shops are now mixing a bag of frozen mixed vegetables with kibble when feeding the puppies. For the most part however, the diet should stick to recommended pet foods.
Among other questions to ask your veterinarian will be those that involve bathing your dog. Most people tend to bathe their dogs on a weekly basis in many cases. This is because dogs, especially those that are very active and spend a great deal of time outdoors begin to take on a “dog” odor. It is generally recommended that you bathe your dog once a month, at most however because the dog will lose essential oils when bathed too often.

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