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How Should I Prepare For a Virtual Vet Visit?

Preparing for a virtual vet appointment with your dog is similar to preparing for an in-person veterinary appointment. Here are some steps you can take to ensure a successful televet visit:

  1. Gather relevant information: Before the appointment, gather any relevant information about your dog's health history, such as previous medical records, medication lists, and any recent changes in behavior or symptoms. Make sure to ask your previous veterinarian for detailed records and keep a copy with you for your virtual vet visit. Previous medical records can be extremely helpful for your tele vet in case they see a trend in certain behaviors or issues that you may have forgotten about.
  2. Create a quiet, well-lit space: Choose a quiet, well-lit space in your home where you and your dog can comfortably participate in the appointment. Make sure there is good lighting and minimal background noise to ensure clear communication with the vet.
  3. Test your equipment: Test your computer or mobile device's camera, microphone, and internet connection to ensure that they are working properly. You may also want to download any necessary telemedicine apps or programs in advance.
  4. Have your dog nearby: During the appointment, have your dog nearby and comfortable. Consider having some treats or toys on hand to keep your dog distracted and calm during the appointment. If the issue your dog is having is not a constant issue, try to take a video when you see that behavior so that you can show your veterinarian during your appointment.
  5. Be prepared to answer questions: The vet may ask you questions about your dog's symptoms, behavior, and medical history. Be prepared to provide detailed and accurate information to help the vet make an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment. These may include questions such as:
    1. How long has your dog been experiencing these issues?
    2. Are they eating and drinking normally?
    3. Are they urinating and defecating normally?
    4. What food are they currently eating and how much do they get daily?
    5. What are their current medications if any?
    6. Any history of previous issues? Past surgeries?

Being prepared for your virtual vet visit can help make the appointment as beneficial to you and your fur baby as possible!