The New York Times has compiled a list of questions every pet owner should be asking their vet about their cat or dog on their next visit. Here they are:
- What should I be feeding my pet? Your vet can steer you toward the food that’s ideal for your pet’s age, breed, size and activity level.
- How’s my pet’s weight? A 2018 clinical survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reported that 55.8 percent of dogs and 59.5 percent of cats are overweight or obese.
- How much exercise do they need? Professionals agree the amount varies by a pet’s age, breed and medical history.
- How do their teeth and gums look? Stinky breath, rotting teeth or loss of appetite can mean periodontal disease, or worse, an infection in the heart, known as endocarditis.
- Can you explain my bill? The best veterinary clinics are up front about the costs of treatments they recommend as well as the associated benefits and risks.