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Help Your Vet


Hedgehog       Guinea Pig

How To Help Your Vet Help Your Pet

1.  Keep a record on your pet:

  • Date of birth

  • Sex

  • Weight

  • Medical history

  • Medical problems major and minor

  • Unusual behaviors

  • Vet visits

  • Keep your record up to date and handy.  In an emergency, your record will be a great source of information to a veterinarian, especially if your usual vet is not available.

2.  If you think your pet needs help, stay calm and assess the situation by answering the following questions so that you can inform your vet of the answers.

  • Is your pet breathing okay?

  • Is your pet breathing labored, coughing or wheezing?

  • Is your pet more or less active than usual?

  • Is your pet eating and drinking normally?  If not, when did you notice a change?

  • Is there any mucus or discharge from the nose, ears or eyes?

  • Is your pet's feces normal?

  • Is there any irritation around the anal area?

  • Is your pet licking or chewing itself?

  • Is your pets gums a normal color?

  • Did you have your yard or house sprayed recently?

  • Have you or your neighbors used any rat poison recently?

3.  When you visit your vet:

  • Take with you a list of all medications or supplements, including dosages, your pet is currently taking.

  • Inform your vet of anything you have done to help your pet with its problem. (diet change, wound cleaning, oral supplements, etc.)  Be specific.

  • Ask your vet questions about your pet's course of treatment.  (How long will treatment last?  What can be expected from the treatment?  What diet changes, if any, are necessary?  Are there any side effects from the treatment?  What side effects/symptoms should you look for as a result of your pet's treatment?  Does physical activity need to be limited? etc.)

Understanding the course of treatment for your pet is very important.  Your vet should welcome any and all of your questions.  Keep in mind that no one knows your pet as well as you do.  Tailor your questions about your pet and be specific.  The more questions you ask the better you will be able to help your pet when you get your pet home.

A good veterinarian will welcome your questions.  From your questions, they will know you are a caring pet owner who wants to do everything you can to help your pet recover.  Be sure you understand your pet's course of treatment.  Never be afraid to say, "I don't understand, can you explain it again?"  Remember, if you don't understand your pet's treatment, you can't help your pet!  Ask until you understand!

Rabbit                    Hamster



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