Veterinarian Visit Tips
This may be offensive to some of the best veterinarian staff. This article is written as if the reader is going to an "average" or random clinic. If going to one of the best, some of the adverse advice won't apply.
Before the visit
Before the visit
- Try to avoid the veterinarian in the first place: Research online for possible diagnosis and cures. Although many clinics are clean and safe with competent staff, many are not and your pet could get more sick going there. If you find a solution through online research, use the money saved to buy your pet the expensive treats it likes best as well as high quality supplements.
- Create a summary of pet via webpage, pdf, etc. and email to the office a few days prior to visiting. Print it and bring to appointment in case the doctor didn't see it yet.
- State on the pet summary and in the email to the office that you wish to have all prescriptions filled at Costco (if you're a member) or CVS. This will save you a lot of money.
- Have a list of questions ready for the doctor to answer.
- Buy a fabric muzzle for your dog from Amazon and bring to the appointment in case they need to do something the dog doesn't like. Otherwise they will provide a used muzzle with other dog's possible germs or diseases.
- Do not provide confidential personal info on the intake form. This could be abused and increases risk of expensive procedures (if they have your credit file credentials, they know they can collect a lot easier and might want to rack up a big bill).
- Install an audio recording app on your phone. Record as soon as the doctor enters the room, turn off after leaving the clinic. You won't be able to remember everything and they will not provide you a written explanation. You will pay a lot for the exam, treatments, tests, etc. so why not have what they said handy? It's illegal in some states to record like this, but our legal systems are a farce anyway, so as long as nobody else finds out, you're fine; even if someone finds out, nothing will be done. Just don't post online, etc. (to expose malpractice, etc.) unless legal in your state and the state the exam was performed.
- Make it clear to the doctor at the beginning that you wish to have any prescriptions filled at a pharmacy of your choice (Costco or CVS recommended). Because their meds are huge money makers, this will discourage overprescribing.
- Do not pay anything until all your questions have been answered and concerns have been explained clearly. You are there to pay for a doctor's skills, NOT his/her cost of education. There is a big difference between an expensive education and real life competency. If the doctor failed to diagnose the problem, don't pay.
- Give your pet a bath soon after the office visit.