Your pets past and present medical history information is of major importance states a Guthrie veterinary hospital.
This is the second part of a Guthrie vet wants to take you on a journey. Once you have arrived with your pet for an exam, an accurate weight is obtained and you are ready to enter the exam room. Typically, a veterinary technician greets you and your pet to review your pet’s medical history.
So, what’s up with the 20 questions? It’s important for a Guthrie veterinary hospital to determine your pet’s overall health and well being. Your veterinarian will need to evaluate what disease your pet is at risk to develop so that they can provide your pet with proper protection. Your answers help this Guthrie veterinary hospital individualize your pet’s preventative plan specific to him. These questions also help your veterinarian to determine if your pet has any hidden illnesses.
Common medical history questions:
- Does your pet go outside? Animals that go outside are exposed to other animals that could transmit disease. Internal and external parasites are also more common in animals that go outside. This question helps us to determine which vaccines your dog and cat need to receive.
- Is your pet groomed, boarded or in obedience class? Dogs that are groomed or boarded are susceptible to kennel cough and need to be vaccinated.
- Does your pet have any vomiting, diarrhea, coughing or sneezing? These symptoms are a sign that your pet may be sick and should not be vaccinated and further testing would need to be performed to determine the cause.
- Is your pet on any medication? All pets should be on monthly heartworm prevention if you live within the United States because heartworm disease has been identified in all 50 states. Blood tests are also an important part of your pets annual physical exam and what testing needs to be done is determined by what medication your pet is taking.
- What brand of food do you feed and how much? This information helps your veterinarian access your pets nutritional needs.
- Has your pet gained or lost weight? Weight loss and gain can be symptoms of other metabolic diseases.
- Does your pet have any change in behavior or any behavioral issues? This question may be skipped by many vets. But this Guthrie veterinary hospital knows that is it important to address behavioral problems to help improve the human-animal bond.
- Any previous major medical problems or surgeries? Certain conditions are chronic on-going conditions that need to be re-evaluated. Chronic conditions left untreated can worsen and cause other issues. If your pet has had a reaction to vaccines it is important to tell your veterinarian so they can determine if they should be given.
As you can see, knowing the answers to these questions helps your Guthrie veterinary hospital access your pets overall health and determine what needs to be done to keep your pet healthy.
Check back next week for the next portion of the preventative medicine series where I will discuss the importance of a full physical exam on every pet.
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