Once we got there, she inspected the waiting area and said hello to our old receptionist friend. She sat on the bench next to me. After a while, she got weighed in - 55 lbs. Then we went to the room and waited to see the doctor.
When we saw the vet, I asked her lots of questions about Shiner's care and health. Here's a list of important questions we asked our vet during Shiner's check-up. You should ask your vet questions during your pet's check-up as well.
- What vaccines does my pet need? Find out what vaccines your dog needs if you don't already know. Shiner received a Rabies and Leptospirosis vaccination. I like getting a Lepto vaccine because it is prevalent in our area. We declined the bordatella because she is not around other dogs very often.
- How does my pet's heart sound? A few years ago, the vet heard a heart murmur with Shiner. It was nothing serious, but I wanted to make sure it didn't sound any worse. Her heart is still doing good thankfully
- What is that lump? Many older pets sometimes get lumps and bumps. Most of the time, they are benign skin growths or tumors. But sometimes they can be cancer. Shiner has a bump on her rear hip that the veterinarian says we should keep an eye on.
- What is a good diet for my pet? I talked to Shiner's vet about the food I am feeding her right now. (More on that tomorrow, by the way.) She let me know what she thought of the food and said that it was OK for Shiner to eat.
- Does my pet have good mobility? Again, something that a senior pet owner might want to ask about. Shiner is 11 years old and hasn't had many significant orthopedic problems in her lifetime. The vet is impressed with her mobility and says her arthritis is very minimal.
- How are my pet's teeth? Shiner's vet looked in her mouth and examined her teeth. Shiner's teeth are OK for a senior dog, but she does need one tooth extraction. It is something we will have to save up for, because it is very expensive.
Shiner also got her yearly heartworm test, which was negative and some ear medicine for her ear because she has an infection.
And I'm very pleased that Shiner was well-behaved at the vet's office. Many times, Shiner likes to growl at strange people there. She's not fond of strangers sometimes, and she just wants to let them know this. This time, she was very nice and didn't growl at all. I think it was because of the nice Vet Tech, she must have liked him.
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And while a few other doggies were pulling away at their owner's leashes in the waiting area, she stood next to me like a good girl and waited for me to pay. The other lady said she was "jealous" of her. Good job Shiner, you make me a proud doggy mom!
There are lots of other important questions you might ask your vet when you visit for pet check-ups. Let us know what important things you like to discuss with your pet's veterinarian in the comments.