7 Questions to Ask Your Vet was created based on emails I've received from readers. Over time, it became apparent to me that many cat owners don't communicate well with their vets.
We all have many questions that we don't know how to ask. Sometimes, when the time comes, our minds go blank or we end up discussing another matter. But even people who have cats with specific medical conditions often seem to be unable to get the answers that they need.
The quality of the information we receive is directly related to the questions that we ask.
Veterinarians are very busy professionals. If you take the time to show that you care, however, your vet will take the time as well. It's your job to get your vet to take the time.
Most annual vet visits are focused on the cat owner talking about any problems their cat has while the vet conducts the exam. Then it's out the door and home. That's when the questions that you wanted to ask come back to you.
It's important for the well being of your cat that you take an active role in her care. It is vital, therefore, that you and your vet develop a two way information exchange. This exchange should result in your knowing exactly what to do to better care for your cat, and your vet knowing that you care.
7 Questions to Ask Your Vet was developed with that end result in mind. The questions and their answers are not an end in themselves, but a starting point.
Use them to find out more, use them to start a conversation, or use them to get your vet to offer information she normally wouldn't. Just use them!
Every patient, every cat owner, and every veterinarian is unique. These questions are not going to cover it all, but these are some basic questions that you should ask your vet.
This will give you some basic information on some of the topics that people are most frequently concerned about. More importantly, asking questions starts that all important dialogue with your vet, and allows you to take a proactive role in your cat's health care.
That list should get you started on a good conversation with your vet. While you're at it, here are 7 More Questions to Ask Your Vet.
I recommend that if you are starting a relationship with a new veterinarian, that you include these in your own list of questions. If you've had the same vet for a while, and you haven't asked these questions, ask them now.
Print them out, or write them down. Perhaps a question or two has sparked additional questions in your mind. Write them down as well, and read them all to your vet. Write down her answers, too.
You'll find that this starts a conversation that leads to other questions you may never even have thought to ask your vet... sometimes weeks later, when it counts.