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First appointment at the vet: what to bring, what to do, and what to ask.

Updated: Oct 30, 2021

It is your first day at the vet and you do not have a clue what to ask or how it would be? I hope this article may help you.

First of all, I do recommend being on time. Nowadays veterinary field is overwhelmed and the team working for the best of your pet behind curtains deserves respect. Besides, be on time give more time to talk with the veterinarian and we can give a better service to you and your pet.

What to bring?

  • All previous documents of your pet, such as first vaccines, or previous vaccines, medical records from a previous veterinary clinic,

  • Treats: If your pet likes a specific type of treat or has allergies, you are more than welcome to bring them!

  • And try to check before coming that your wallet or credit card is in your purse.

What to do?

  • For dogs, always use a leash, it reduces the possibilities of dog fights or reduces the anxiety among the animals.

  • For cats: Use a kennel or a special carry bag. I do not recommend big rabbit cages. Cats like to hide, so you can even cover the kennel with a blanket. Your cat will free more secure in a place that can not be seen. I do not recommend bringing your cat on a leash, it can really create chaos.

  • This is quite obvious but I will say be respectful and courteous. We will organize to help you as much as we can, Veterinarian needs to do their job properly so they can give an accurate diagnosis and treatment, the veterinary technicians are there to help with minors inquiries like nutrition, behavior, products of the clinic, and even more.

  • I recommend before coming to write a list of questions so they can be answered as much as possible by the veterinary team, be precise, and if you need more time veterinary technician can set a call for you and discuss further topics that can be handled by them.

  • Do not be afraid to ask, if we can not answer at the moment, we will look for it and reach you in another way ( email or phone)

What to ask?

I guess depending on the situation but I try to give a few ideas:

First Annual check and vaccines (puppy/kitten)

  • What kind of vaccines are for my dog or cat?

  • Is there any other way to protect my pet against parasites?

  • What kind of food should I give as a puppy/kitten?

  • When can I neuter or spay my pet? Advantages of it?

  • If you have a behavior question this is the moment to ask.

  • What time do they change their teeth and what to do at that moment and how to take care of the teeth of my pet?

  • What are the normal symptoms f vaccines and the rares ones?

  • If any medication is given, even if we explain, please you have the right to ask again. We rather spend a little bit more time with you and be sure you understand the posology instead have you coming back for overdosing your pet,


  • What test can be done to find a diagnosis?

  • How long may take for the result to come back?

  • after the treatment is done. Is there a follow-up? What would be the next steps to do?

  • Can the medication be prescribed for a human pharmacy?

  • Is there a special diet to follow due to its condition or disease?

  • Are there any natural products that I may use for...

And of course, could be hundreds of more questions depending on the type of consultation you are going for. The veterinary team is there to help you but you need to help us as well. Be organized with your inquires and documents, be on time at your consultation, and be courteous.

Do you have other interesting questions? Let's share them and learn from each other,

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