Like human hospitals and clinics, the staff at animal hospitals are usually very busy. This leaves it up to the pet owner to make sure all instructions are clear, and all questions are answered. The following are some good suggestions to help make things as clear and simple as possible.
Getting to the Hospital
First and foremost, for even the most well behaved pet, use appropriate restraint. Leashes or carriers for dogs, and carriers for cats. It only takes one mishap for a routine trip to turn into disaster.
When you enter the hospital or clinic, you’ll need to fill out information about your pet. Age and prior medical history are especially important. It may help to write down any symptoms or behaviors before you get to the hospital so you don’t forget anything. Tell the doctor if you don’t know certain information. Guessing can be dangerous.
In the Exam Room
Explain your pet’s problems as best you can, but leave out funny anecdotes. They will appreciate friendly, concise answers so they can treat your pet correctly. Allow the staff to restrain your pet for procedures. Like kids, animals often behave better for strangers.
Be sure to get the name of the condition, medications and written treatment. Keep these records, as they may be very important if your pet ever needs treatment from another animal hospital. Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions.
On Your Way Out
Never expect the animal hospital to let you pay later. They provided an important service, and they deserve prompt payment. Returning their consideration for your pet will make them even more inclined to help you with any problems you may have.
Before leaving, review any medications, and make sure the label instructions match what you were told in the exam room. Again, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The staff at animal hospitals have deep concern for animals and want everything to be correct. It’s also a very good idea to write down your veterinarian’s name. If you need to call later with questions, you will be able to tell them who treated your pet and get accurate answers.
With a little foresight, your visit to the animal hospital can be quick and easy.