11 Tips On How To Be A Good Vet Client
I’ll be the first to admit it — I haven’t always been the best client for our vet.
I’ve questioned knowledge; I’ve doubted motives; and in times of stress (at an emergency clinic), I’ve forgotten to share essential facts — such as CG having cerebellar hypoplasia.
That said, I really do appreciate and admire our vet and emergency clinic, I just simply don’t always behave well when my cat’s health (or life) is on the line. It’s almost ironic because I can sometimes have the wrong attitude around the people who can help me, and my cats, the most.
So now’s the chance to brush up on how to be a good vet client, so we can all have a great relationship with the folks who are so key to our cats’ lives:
- First and foremost, it’s important to visit your vet regularly, which is essential to preventative care. Don’t only visit when there’s something wrong with your pet.
- Try to keep a file of all of your cat’s information from his adoption papers, to vaccinations, etc. That way, when you visit a new vet, you’ll have his history in one place. This can also come in handy during an emergency.
- Become an expert about your cat. Learn what’s normal, and keep an eye open for unusual behaviors. The moment you notice something that’s off, contact your vet. Take notes if possible, and be specific about how your pet is acting differently. Try not to wait until a small issue becomes a big problem.
- But don’t be an expert in everything. It’s great to be informed and ask questions, but if you have a question or concern about something your vet has said, discuss it. Don’t cop an attitude or be a know-it-all.
- Even though some offices offer advice over the phone, don’t expect that they’ll be able to diagnose a problem during a call. Understand that many conditions need to be seen in person; however, that doesn’t mean that they can’t provide some guidance.
- Be respectful of your vet by scheduling appointments and being on time. Every visit is a good opportunity to do your part by being courteous and timely.
- Always bring your cat to your vet’s office in a carrier. It’s the best option to keep your pet, as well as other clients and pets, safe.
- Follow through with your vet’s recommendations. For example, if your vet prescribes a medication for your cat, it’s your responsibility to give it to your cat. If your cat needs to go on a diet, follow your vet’s instructions. Your vet can’t help your cat if you’re not willing to do your part, too.
- If you have an emergency, first call your vet to make sure that he’s available. He may have to work you into a full schedule, so you may have to wait. The office may even refer you to an emergency clinic, depending on the situation and your vet’s availability.
- Be respectful of your vet, his experience and knowledge. If you’re concerned and would like a second opinion, that’s your priority. But try to not burn any bridges.
- Pay your bill. I feel funny putting this one on here, but it’s true. Some folks will question each and every charge, or try to get out of it entirely. If you absolutely cannot afford a necessary procedure, speak to your vet about it. You may be able to come to agree on a solution that works for the both of you.
Do you have any tips on how to be a good vet client? Please share in the comments!