In the ASK YOUR VET section of our Saying Goodbye to Your Dear Dog: 10 Questions to Help You Decide When to Euthanize guidebook, we discuss how to get the most out of your vet visits and when to seek a second opinion or veterinary specialist.
The first place to start is with a diagnosis from your current vet. Guide Sheet #1 will help you know what questions to ask.
Before Your Vet Appointment
Heading into a veterinary appointment prepared makes everything go smoother. It ensures you get the answers you need, and let’s you relax enough to focus on what the vet is saying. Spend a little time now preparing with these tips:
- Read through Guide Sheet #1 and highlight the questions you’d like to ask.
- Write any questions of your own at the bottom of Guide Sheet #1.
During Your Vet Appointment
Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of your next vet appointment:
- Bring Guide Sheet #1 to your vet appointment and write in your vet’s responses to the questions, as well as your own notes.
- Be direct and ask for clarification — as many times as necessary.
- Ask about euthanasia services now so you have the info for the future.
- Bring along a trusted friend or family member.
- Get copies of lab reports and test results.
- Place Guide Sheet #1, lab reports, test results, and any of your own notes into your Dear Dog binder.
If you’ve already been to the vet and received a diagnosis, fill out Guide Sheet #1 based on that visit.
After Your Vet Appointment
When you get home after your vet appointment, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did the vet or staff give me adequate information?
- Did the vet or staff spend enough time answering my questions?
- Did the vet or staff take me and my concerns seriously?
If you answered “no” to any of the 3 questions above, feel free to find another vet. You and your furkid deserve kindness, patience, and clear communication now more than ever.
Mike and I made the mistake of sticking with a vet we didn’t understand or trust. If you’d like to read more, see “5 Things We Wish We’d Done Differently Before Euthanizing Our Dear Dog Kali.”