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Monday, Oct 03, 2011
Saving Money With Good Communication
By Dr. Chris Pinney
Monday, Oct 03, 2011 07:20
Veterinary visits aren't cheap these days. But in many instances, they can't be avoided. As a result, your goal should be to maximize the return on your investment. And one way to do this is to ensure effective communication with your veterinarian the minute you walk through the door.
Here are a few tips/recommendations:

1. Never leave an appointment without your important questions answered or without fully understanding your pet's treatment/management instructions. That said, you don't want to ask too many questions. Appointments are usually allotted 15 minutes each, so be sure to prioritize those you want answered the most. Write them down ahead of time.

2. Describe, but don't diagnose your pet's condition.

Describing accurate symptoms to your veterinarian, including time of onset, rapidity of onset (did it come on slow or fast?) and the character of the symptom, can often help your vet establish a diagnosis without having to resort to lots of diagnostic tests, which can save both time and money in the long run.

3.Don't be afraid to tell your veterinarian that you did your research on the Internet.

Some vets cringe when they hear a client has turned to the Internet for information. I don't. To me, it simply means that the client is being proactive about his/her pet's health, and that's a good thing. However, understand that what you find on the Internet may not, in fact, be correct (go figure!), so your veterinarian's assessment is all the more valuable. Yet, that information you glean from the cloud could help your vet reach a diagnosis that much faster.

4.Try not to distract your veterinarian with questions while she is performing an exam on your pet.

Doing so could cause her to miss physical clues pertinent to your pet's condition. Instead, let your vet ask the questions during the exam. Your answers to those questions will serve to complement the exam and enhance its effectiveness.

As you can see, good communication during a veterinary visit is cost-effective and very important to your pet's overall health. Do your research and formulate your questions prior to the visit. Not only will you save time that way, but you'll know enough to carry on a viable two-way conversation with your pet's health care provider.