The Initial consultation

 Reducing stress to your pet

Although I will always make every effort to minimise it, unfortnately a visit to the vets is likely to be stressful for your pet, both from the unfamiliar environment and the fact that a proper clinical examination of the animal, necessary for full assessment, will involve some degree of rude poking and prodding of him/her!

With all my patients, I believe in trying to minimise their stress, particularly associated with seeing the vet. For this reason I recommend bringing them in before they get ill, so they have at least one time when they come to the surgery not associated with bad experiences! Such a consult can include simply registering your pet and discussing the husbandry, letting him/her get used to the surgery surroundings a bit but not doing anything to stress him/her (such as a clinical exam is likely to). This can be done on its own, at reduced cost which will be taken off the cost of a future initial consultation, or combined with a physical examination consulation a few days later. I would also encourage you to keep a food item (one readily available all year round) which is used only as a special treat for stressful situations such as a visit to the vet, and bring some along to the consultation, where appropriate.

Many exotic pets will not benefit from handling as such, but getting them used to it will hopefully reduce stress for those occasions when they have to be handled, so I would recommend letting them get used to being handled (in small amounts). 

The initial consultation - information requested

If coming to see me for the first time with your pet, please note the following:

- I will want to discuss the husbandry of your pet with you as part of an overall assessment of him/her. Ideally please fill in and submit a history form and the appropriate husbandry form from this page: Client forms. Doing so fully will result in a reduction to the consultation fee.

Some of the information I will ask about, and which you should therefore have to hand, includes:

   The animal
  The enclosure (vivarium/tank/etc)

- I will normally want to examine a faeces sample from your animal as part of the overall health assessment, so please bring one along if possible. The sample should generally be as fresh as possible (if kept moist, a fews days is generally okay), and kept in a sealed container with a little bit of water to keep it moist.

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