It is always a surprise to me that clients are not fully informed about the dangers and conditions of their pets. This is vital. You must have a good idea of your pet’s medical history so that you are better equipped and prepared. Here are questions prepared by that you can ask your pet vet.

What Is My Pet’s Particular Diagnosis?

Ask your veterinarian for the exact diagnosis. It’s not always easy to remember or understand, so take it down. Request a copy of the report of the pathologist if you have had a biopsy.

In some cases, pet surgeons will have to admit that they are uncertain about the diagnosis. It’s okay to be unsure about the diagnosis as long you are aware of the possible outcomes. Ask your vet to take down the details, so you don’t forget anything.

What Are the Possible Therapy Options?

It is essential to be informed about all your options when considering your pet’s health. Veterinarians, specialists or generalists, will always recommend the best option. This is what you should be thinking about most of the time.

There may be a Plan B, D, or C. Always consider the alternatives.

Some therapies can be referred to as “medical” or as “conservative.” Casting is an option for broken bones. The reverse is called “surgical therapy.” If a fracture is involved, this could mean metal plates and screws to fix the fracture. You should understand the reasons for choosing one over the other.

Another example of this is a dog with hip dysplasia/arthritis. You can treat this common disease medically or surgically in many different ways. Your vet surgeon is responsible for discussing each option with you.

It is essential to be informed about the risks and benefits of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and Surgery for your pet with cancer.

Are There Risks and Complications?

Be sure to ask your pet vet about the potential risks involved in a procedure at an emergency animal hospital. Every operation carries some risk. There is no exemption. You won’t find the same risks if you remove a fat tumor under your skin as a brain tumor.

It’s a pity that your doctor may not be able to tell you if there are any problems. A trusted veterinarian should be open to discussing the dangers, both theoretically and from personal experience. While pet surgeons may not be comfortable discussing complex topics, they owe you the obligation to do so. Usually, pet surgeons will disclose the following:

  • Some minor side effects include swelling, bruising, or oozing. These are some of the inevitable side effects of many procedures.
  • You may have severe problems like bleeding from the skin, infection, or severe bleeding.
  • Catastrophic problems, such as a total surgical failure.


Your doctor should explain complicated operations to you clearly. Before, during, and afterward, for you to understand the process. Protect your pet as you are their greatest friend. To learn more about preparing for pet surgery, click on this link.