Do you drive your veterinarian crazy? You might think you don’t, but in order to stay on good terms, here are seven things not to do in a veterinarian’s office:
- Answering or using your cell phone while at the veterinarian’s office. Please don’t. That’s just as rude as using it at the dinner table or on a date. You are there to communicate with the vet, not social media!
- Bringing young, uncontrollable children. Sure, vets understand that in an emergency, this might be necessary, but for a routine visit, please find suitable childcare, as having young kids there can be a distraction. Older kids who can remain calm and quiet are fine.
- Allowing your pet to run all around the office. Please keep him on a leash or in a carrier, and if you use a retractable leash, lock it in the shortest position possible. You don’t want to have your pet possibly injure someone in the waiting room.
- Carrying your cat to the vet’s office. That is just temptation to those aforementioned unruly dogs, and it’s far too easy for a cat to jump out of your arms. Cats are far more comfortable when transported in a cat carrier, especially when in an uncertain environment.
- Being in denial about your pet’s health issues. (“He’s not fat. He’s just fluffy!”). Vets are trained to help you and your pet. It’s fine to ask questions for clarification, and be open to discussing your pet’s health with them. If you still do not feel comfortable with the information your vet provides, consider getting a second opinion.
- Refusing to pay or paying late. Understand that your veterinarian loves his work, but he also should be compensated for it. What if you never got paid for your work? Understand the payment policies and stick to them!
- Lack of follow-through on vet’s orders and recommendations. If you cannot or will not, please be open with your vet. Remember, he is there to help you and admit if you cannot do something for your pet that he might recommend or suggest.