What to Ask your Vet at the Clinic

Whether it be an emergency call, or a regular check-up, it’s important to be ready to ask your vet questions which you want answering about your pets and their health. Having your questions answered helps allay your concerns you might have about your pet, and also will ensure you can take the best care of your cat. If you have any specific concerns, write them down to remind you as it is often easy to forget vital questions in the heat of a consultation. Below we’ve put together a few questions you might want to ask your vet during your next visit for the best pet advice

The Questions

What types of parasites are common in our area?
While fleas and ticks are common parasites that can affect cats in most regions of the world, there are a few parasites that are specific to each area. For instance, ticks that can transfer Llyme disease most popularly affect the north eastern regions of the US Lungworm is a parasite common to Europe that can affect the lungs of pets. Being aware of the potential local differences can help you keep aware of potential cat health problems.

What flea and worming products are most appropriate for my cat?
There are a number of worming and flea products on the market, each with different strengths. Some may work better on short-hair cats, and some on long-hair. Asking your vet about the best product for your individual cat could help you keep parasites at bay more effectively.

Am I exercising my pet enough, and is my cat’s weight appropriate?
Although your vet will likely tell you if your cat is under or overweight (as part of necessary health checks) it is important to ask what the best forms of exercise can be. Your vet may suggest getting a few new toys, or a new diet regime that could help either increase or decrease the weight of your cat.

Are my cat’s teeth okay?
Your cat’s oral and dental health are vital for overall wellbeing so ask your vet to check teeth and advise you of any problems. Make sure you get your vet or veterinary nurse to show you how to brush your cat’s teeth and give you advice on how best to keep them healthy.

Which vaccines does my cat need?
This is another regional concern, and also somewhat depends on the lifestyle of your cat (whether, for instance, your cat is an outdoor or house cat.) Keeping your cat fully up to date with vaccines is essential to keep her healthy and safe from life threatening illness

Could there be any issues that we can’t see?
Especially in older and aging cats there may be health issues brewing which cannot be easily seen by owners. Get your vet to give your cat a full health check. Vets are trained to spot potential health conditions-quickly.Ask if your cat is at the right age to have a “geriatric” blood and urine test to make absolutely sure she is in tip top health.

Does my cat need to come in for more regular check-ups?
Depending on your cat’s age and health status, your vet will recommend the optimal frequency of visits to help keep her fit and healthy.

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