Vet Success 101: What to Bring and What to Know

Puppy in grass chewing on stick

Who wants a smoother experience at the vet: you as the owner, or your pet? It’s hard to clearly identify this answer because, in most situations, you both will want a successful, pain-free experience. As an experienced animal clinic in Gaithersburg, the team at Goshen Animal Clinic has seen our fair share of vet visits from smooth and trouble-free to “less than ideal” and just about everything in between.

Your Pet Is Our First Priority at Goshen Animal Clinic

Trust our veterinarians when we say that we want a positive experience for your pet just as much as you do. That’s why we’re back with another blog post to help our readers prepare for visits to our animal clinic whether it’s your new pup’s first time seeing us or your wise, older dog is starting to get advanced in human years. For those facing your dog or cat’s first time vet visit, go to this blog post to read more about the matter.

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Schedule an Appointment First

This may sound obvious, but try not to drop in unexpectedly (though we are always happy to see your pet!). To get the most out of your visit, it’s important to know the context behind your visit whether it’s a routine check-up or you’re specifically concerned about something.

Routinely Handle and Take Care of Your Pet at Home

Give your dog or cat plenty of pets, but go beyond this by handling them on a regular basis. This includes doing things like brushing their fur or teeth, trimming nails or claws, and lifting up their hind legs or tail to check for any abnormalities. By routinely handling your pet, they won’t be as thrown off when our friendly veterinarians are doing their job.

Take Notes About Your Pet and Bring Them With You

You don’t need to write a novel about your pet’s condition, but jotting down a few important points here and there about their recent behavior or anything strange or noteworthy helps provide useful information for our vets. Following up these observations with related questions also helps you prepare for your pet’s visit. We don’t mind being bombarded with questions about your pet’s condition; we’re used to it. These are your furry and friendly family members that we’re working with, after all.

Compassionate Pet CarePlay With Your Pet Prior to Their Visit

If you have a cat or dog, get them exercised by bustling out the leash or the tried-and-true laser pointer a few hours before the appointment. Not only will they have fun and enjoy themselves, but they’ll also release some of that pent up, manic energy that’s not conducive to sitting still and staying calm at the vet’s office. This is especially important if you have a puppy or a particularly high energy breed like a Boxer or an Australian Shepard.

Let’s Make Your Pet’s Visit a Great One

At Goshen Animal Clinic, we do everything in our power to make sure that your pet is comfortable and well-accommodated. That means being transparent in our practice and making sure that pet owners like you are equipped with relevant knowledge. For any questions or to schedule an appointment with our animal clinic in Gaithersburg, reach out to us today!

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