Preparing for a Visit to the Vets
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Preparing for a Visit to the Vets

Preparing for a Visit to the Vets







Preparing for a Visit to the Vets

Every owner knows that for most pets, coming to the vest is stressful, no matter what the reason for the visit it. I guess it’s a bit like us going to the dentist - it’s probably not going to be on our top 10 list of favourite destinations!

However, with a bit of forward planning, you can minimise the anxiety that both you and your pet might feel, and that will help you both get the best out of the visit.

There are a few basic rules to remember: P.R.E.P.

Pay attention to your pet

Please let our staff know if if your pet has any particular issues with people or other animals. Are they nervous or aggressive? Knowing this in advance can help our staff to take steps to ensure your visit is as successful as possible. Always keep your pet close to you and try to keep your distance from other animals in the surgery in case they don’t get on.

It may sound silly, but please try not to get nervous yourself either! Your pets are very sensitive to your moods and feelings and if you are nervous or anxious, it is likely to make your pet more nervous and anxious too!


Please make sure that your pet is properly restrained at all times. This will help to make them feel safe and secure.

AlphaPet reception areas are basket and lead only areas.

All dogs must be on leash attached to a well-fitted harness or collar. All cats must be in a suitably sized basket or pet carrier. Rabbits and other small flurries are best brought in in suitably sized pet carriers. Birds should be brought in in a travel cage in which they can be observed by the vet before any handling is necessary. Snakes and other reptiles should be brought in in secure plastic carriers ideally with some sort of heating device.

Even the best behaved pet can act very differently when they are in a strange environment surrounded by other strange animals and people.

Everything to do with your pet’s condition

Please remember to bring all the information available about your pet. In most cases, we will have your pet’s medical history on our computer system, but if you are new to the practice or you have a new pet, it is vital that we have access to any previous medical history since this may be very relevant to any current conditions. If you have recently changed to AlphaPet, we can obtain relevant clinical histories from your previous vet as long as we are given a little notice (please tell us when you make your appointment).

It is also vital that the person bringing in your pet has full knowledge about your pet. They need to be able to describe what symptoms your pet is showing, how long they have been going on for, whether your pet is eating, when was the last time they went to the toilet and any recent changes to your pet’s routine or environment. Much of this sort of information is essential in helping us to make the best job of diagnosing and treating your pet.

It is often a very good idea to bring a list of questions and concerns so that we don’t miss addressing any of these during your visit.


Please make sure that you have made payment arrangement before your visit. If you have any queries about payment, please ask us prior to your appointment. We can take most forms of commonly use payment methods such as cash, debit and credit cards and personal cheques with appropriate identification.

AlphaPet recommends pet insurance and we are happy to talk to you about this.

If you do have any specific concerns about your pet’s visit, please let us know so we can try and deal with them in advance.

Coming to the vets can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be and we hope that these tips will help make your pet’s next visit to us a great one.