Articles with dog care

Veterinary Doorknob Questions: Before You Leave the Office

Veterinary Doorknob Questions: Before You Leave the Office

Did your veterinarian answer all your questions and addressed your concerns? Are there things you forgot to ask? Don’t ever leave the vet’s office unless you’re fully satisfied that you understand what is going on with your dog. You should be walking out either with a diagnosis and a treatment plan or at least a plan of action and further…

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Veterinary Visit Checklist: Before the Visit

Veterinary Visit Checklist: Before the Visit

Do you know what questions to ask your veterinarian? In the past, when I was going to a vet, whether it was for a scheduled exam or with a medical problem, I just went. What else would one need, right? Show up, bring the dog–that’s it, isn’t it? Then I came home and realized how many things I forgot to…

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Veterinary Wellness Exams: The Secret Benefit

Veterinary Wellness Exams: The Secret Benefit

Do you take your dog for regular wellness exams? Or do you wait until something is wrong? Wellness exams are often an underappreciated part of preventive health care. But why go to a vet when there is nothing obviously wrong? By the time there is something obviously wrong–except for trauma or infection–it’s been going on quietly for quite some time.…

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Dog Symptoms: Recognition, Acknowledgement, And Denial

Dog Symptoms: Recognition, Acknowledgement, And Denial

A symptom n. an abnormality caused by a disease that is observable in a sick animal. Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-speak Deciphered for the Non-veterinarian The above definition points out two important things. A symptom is an abnormality, and it can be observed. Note: Technically–as it was pointed out to me by my book editor–the more accurate term is signs,…

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