Ballymena Today have some advice from Grove Vets about your first trip to the vet. Maybe you added a cat, dog or another animal to your family this Christmas and aren’t sure what to expect when you take them along to the vet for the first time.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Turner; Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Lindsey Turner; Creative Commons

Here are some points which should help you along:

  • Make sure that you have a secure carrier to transport your pet.
  • Bring all the documentation which you received when you get you pet.
  • If you are bringing a dog along take them for a short walk before your visit so they can answer nature’s call.
  • Don’t leave your pet alone in the waiting room and remember that other animals will be there.

Once you arrive at the vets check in with the receptionist so that they know you are waiting. Once the vet is ready to see you they will give your pet a check up and they ask you for any samples and if you have noticed any problems with your animal.

Don’t worry your vet and the nurses will help you with your pet and discuss any problems which crop up. Visit the vet can cause stress for an animal because it is unfamiliar and new but if you stay calm this will help you to look after your pet. Tell the vet everything that you know about your pet and their behaviour and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to bring a notebook along with questions written in and where you write down any information that the vet provides. The team are there to help you and your pet so don’t be nervous.

If you have any worries about your first visit to the vet or want to find out more about Grove Vets in Ballymena then click here to visit their website.