Going to the veterinarian is not a prospect that many pet owners look forward to, but it should be one that you are prepared for. The more knowledgeable you are, the more accurately your vet can do their job and the better healthcare your pet will get. That is why it is important you are aware of a few key elements of your pets day to day life and medical history. If you aren't that well-versed in these few parts of your pet's history then you should try to do a bit of research in the next few days before you go and visit the veterinarian.
Their Vaccination History
Dogs and cats, two of the most popular types of pets across America, both need certain vaccines to ensure that they remain happy and healthy well into their old age. Some of these vaccines only need to be given once, but there are occasions when yearly updates are required, particularly if you live in an area where certain viruses are known to run rampant. Not to mention the fact that dogs do get yearly flu vaccines just like their human counterparts, so it is very important you have their vaccination history, and if you don't, you should try and get it.
Their Eating And Drinking Habits
Your pets might think that they are smart, and many try to hide illnesses from their owners to not show weakness, but when it comes to how much they eat and drink they are not very good at holding a poker face. If your pet is injured or in discomfort in any way, often the first place you will be able to notice this is through their eating and drinking habits. Whenever your pet isn't eating the same amount as they were before, or they have stopped drinking in the middle of summer, then you should be alarmed and mention this to your vet.
Any Sore Spots
Before you take your pet to the veterinarian for their yearly check-up you should give them a quick once-over to see if they react negatively to pressure on any part of their body. That does not mean you should push so hard so as to cause discomfort, but just minor presses here and there as if you were firmly petting them. It is better for you to find this out, rather than your vet, because your pet will not be as likely to react aggressively to you as they might a stranger. Then you can warn the vet, so they can be prepared to carefully check your pet without it potentially lashing out at them.
Contact a veterinarian to learn more.