6. Does My Pet Need a Blood Test?
Blood tests screen for a variety of issues, including kidney and liver disease, diabetes, cancer and a variety of other issues that can be treated if caught early. Regular blood tests will also give your veterinarian a baseline to compare against over time.
7. What Flea/Tick Meds Do You Recommend for My Pet?
Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance; they can also transmit deadly diseases to you and your pet. Fortunately, there are many options when it comes to killing and preventing fleas and ticks. Ask your veterinarian about the differences between popular medications on the market (for example, topical versus oral medications) and which suits you and your pet’s lifestyle the best. There are even some oral medications which protect against both fleas and ticks for up to 12 weeks with just a single dose.
8. What are these Lumps and Bumps?
It’s not unusual for lumps and bumps to develop as pets age. However, unusual skin changes can also be an indication of cancer. Point out any new lumps, bumps or strange moles that have appeared since your last visit. The veterinarian can then determine if a biopsy is warranted.
9. Does My Pet Need a Rectal Exam?
Every veterinarian has a different way of doing things, but he or she may not perform a full rectal exam on your pet if you don’t ask for one. Rectal exams screen for prostate and rectal cancer, which can be treatable if caught early enough.
10. Can You Please Explain my Bill?
If you ask nicely your veterinarian will be much more likely to explain why a short visit and routine procedures cost what they do. It may seem like a lot of money, but these line item expenses are probably keeping your pet healthy and happy for many years to come.
This article originally appeared on petmd.com.