Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Barking Wednesday ~ Be Prepared for Vet Visits

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post. Each week I like to discuss a topic interesting to dog owners.  I enjoy sharing what I have l learned and info I have found to be helpful in raising Kingers.

It is time for Kingers annual visit to his vet.  Since Kingers does not speak English - I am his voice. It is key that I let his vet know what has been happening since his last visit. I always write things down so I do not forget. Here is my simple but very effective checklist for each visit.  I usually print my list and keep on the fridge when I make his appointment.  That way my hubby and I can keep checking it and make sure if we think of something else we can add to our list. On my way out the door for Kingers appointment I grab my list and items on the list.

Here are a few of the things I want to discuss with Kingers vet:

1. VACCINATIONS - Vaccinations are any due?  My vet office always ask me when I arrive if I would like vaccinations. I like to know what my records say are due. That way if there are any issues with my list and their list - I can ask the WHY question.
2. TEST - I know he will need his Heart Worm Test - I need to contact our local pharmacy and see if they are filling his type of preventive medicine. I do know that Walmart is now offering Heart Worm treatment for drugs. I want to price check before my vet visit. If Walmart is cheaper than my vet - then I will ask for a prescription for Kingers Heartworm prevention medication.
3. BEHAVIOR - I want to make sure to tell the vet about any new behaviors Kingers has. I want to let the vet know that he is still moaning quite a bit - this behavior started when he began his seizure medication. Plus, if Kingers has any other new behaviors I want to make sure to mention that to the vet.
4. NUTRITION - Kingers is overweight - I currently have reduced the amount of food to 4 cups per day. If his weight is not dropping I need to know the vet's recommendations for his diet.
5. PREVENTION - I want to make sure to ask for refills for his seizure medication. Also, I want to discuss how much exercise Kingers should be getting each day. What type of exercise does the vet feel would benefit Kingers the most. Since Kingers is 11 and has arthritis and seizure issues I want to make sure to stay within his abilities concerning exercise. I am also interested if there are any type of games that will promote brain activity for Kingers - kind of like Mind Games for humans. I really want Kingers to stay alert as long as possible.

My List for Kingers Visit:
  • Seizure Medication
    • Write down info from Kingers prescription bottle for seizure medication
    • Seizure activity - If YES  Date/Length of Seizure/Length of Recovery
    • Need refill - Medicine or Prescription depending on my price check
  • Stool sample
  • My previous annual visit vaccination record
  • My checklist of issues: 
    • Behavior changes?
      • Moaning still
    • Appetite changes?
      • Reduced food to 4 cups daily - if weight is not less - what next?
      • Very thirsty - I know that is a side effect to seizure medication
      • Snack when comes in from outside
      • Small amount of people food
    • Temperament changes?
      • No changes
    • Exercise routine
      • Ball catch morning and night
      • ??? Can he do more and if so WHAT does Vet recommend
      • Dog Mind Games?
It is easy to make your list ~ always think about the Important 5
  2. TEST
Make your Vet visit the best it can be - by asking questions you ensure that your dog is receiving the best care.  Remember - if your dog does not speak English! You are his spokesperson!  Speak up for him/her!  Yell if you have to!


  1. Great information! We just got our dog in December and were told from the shelter that he didn't need to be seen for a year, but this will help me prepare.

  2. This is wonderful information. I had never thought about making a list before taking any of my dogs for their annual check-up. Thanks so much for this valuable reminder.

  3. Yes, it is important to keep up on your pets health, especially since they can't tell us how they feel.

  4. That is a great check list. I am going to start doing that for BabyGirl. Tanks so much!

  5. Great list!
    I've been bookmarking this page so when we finally decide if we can get a puppy all the info will be at my fingertips. :0)

  6. Thanks for the list. All great information - I'm NEVER that organized!

  7. excellent. i'm going to share these tips with my brownies. we're learning about pets and pet care for a badge!

  8. We just got a notice the other day that we need to make an appointment for our dog. I'll use this and speak up for her!

  9. Thanks for this info! Every pet owner can use this to prepare for the next vet visit!

  10. That's really smart to list it all out like that so you're sure not to miss a thing!

  11. Great list! I always forget to ask about something when I'm at the vet.

  12. Thanks! My pooch is due for a visit this Spring so I will keep all these notes in mind.

  13. This is great info and I'm going share it with my mom who frequently takes her pets to the vet. It's very important for pet owners to act as their pet's voice!

  14. This is great info for dog owners!!! And pet owners in general, thanks!

  15. I love that you are so thorough with your fur baby's health. Great tip for my upcoming vet visit with my babies.

  16. Just the advice I need. We're thinking puppy soon!

  17. Great Tips I Can Always Use When Taking My Pets To The Vet!!

  18. Great tips. When we lived in LA, the vet we went to offered weekly quick clinics just for shots. You didn't even see the vet unless you had a concern. They even came directly to your car to give your pet their vaccinations.

  19. Great tips, I never really knew what vaccines were due for my dogs.

  20. Definitely great tips! We've made many a trip to the vet, some scheduled and some emergency visits.

  21. Great tips! It is almost time for my big boys vet visit.

  22. These are such great tips. I don't have a dog as I found out recently I am highly allergic to both cats and dogs. :/ However I will pass this along to my friends with pets.

  23. we do not have any pets but these are great tips.

  24. Wow - so much information! Thanks!

  25. Wow! This is a lot of really useful information. My friends have a new puppy. I know they love him already so much. I will send this to them. I'm sure they'd really appreciate it.

  26. Great post with lots of helpful info. My own puppy is due in a couple of months and I'll be sure to follow your advice. It sure would make my visit go by so much easier.

  27. This is some really great information, thank you! I am going to pass it along to a friend of mine that just recently brought home a puppy :)

  28. We don't have a dog yet, but this is helpful information for the future. Pinning!