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What You and Your Dog Should Expect from a Vet Visit

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The veterinarian (or veterinarian technician) should take a detailed history and spend at least 30 minutes with you and your pet conducting a thorough nose-to-tail exam, including listening to your pet's heart and lungs and feeling his belly.

In addition to inquiring about your pet's physical health, the vet should also ask about your pet's behavior and mood. If you're having behavioral issues, the vet should provide information and discuss possible solutions. Before prescribing treatment, the vet should offer appropriate diagnostic tests. If you have any questions about your pet's diagnosis or treatment, don't hesitate to ask questions. When making a diagnosis, your vet should offer a full explanation of the diagnosis, along with the treatment options and use of prescriptions.

Your vet should follow up by phone in a few days to see how you and your pet are doing. Remember to mention any new symptoms and always ask questions if you're unsure about what to do next.
 

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