So here are a few tips for an easier visit to your favourite vet!
Bring your cat in a carrier!
Bring your dog in on a lead
- If your cat hates going into a cat box try taking the cat carrier out the day before or leave it out so your cat is familiar with it, put in a favourite blanket or toy to make it comfortable and inviting. Or try spraying calming products such as Feliway in or around the box.
- Make sure you have a cat carrier or other carrier that is secure and won't fall apart when you pick it up!
- Keep the carrier cover with a blanket and strap it into the car with the seat belt so that the cat isn't thrown around on the journey to the vet.
Make an appointment
- Your dog may be very well behaved and obedient but we really need you to have your dog on a lead in our waiting room.
- Keep your dog under control - particularly if there are other patients waiting
- Unless it's a real emergency, walk in appointments not only add stress to the veterinarian and staff on duty but is disrespectful to those clients who have scheduled their visit
- If you are going to be late for an appointment try to call us and let us know so that we can reschedule.
- Don't answer your cell phone in the consulting room!
- We understand that having a sick pet is traumatic and many pet owners feel guilt or anger that their pet is seriously ill.
- Please remember that our staff are experienced and there to help.
- We all want the same outcome - a healthy pet!
- If your pet has been vomiting for 1 day or 6 days, if you have been giving medication at home, if you fed a whole lot of bones - tell your vet.
- We need to know what is really going on with your pet to make a good diagnosis.
- We know you want the best for you pet and so do we. We also understand that disasters can happen at tough times when you are least prepared financially.
- Don't tell your vet to do 'everything he can' to save your pet then throw your hands up in the air when you get the bill!
- Discuss the cost of various treatments regimes and possible payment plans with your vet.
- That way everyone is on the same page and you can get the best treatment for your pet.