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Pet parents must take their pets to the vet for annual wellness examinations, says Dr. Silva. "Even if your pet seems healthy, routine vet visits allow for early detection and prevention and can help your pet live a longer and happier life."

Sara Ochoa, DVM, a veterinarian at The Animal Hospital of West Monroe in Louisiana, advises fasting before surgery and providing a stool sample for checkups. Disregarding these guidelines may cause delays or rescheduling.

If you give your vet more information, they can spot issues and make the session flow well. Alex Schechter, DVM, founding veterinarian of Burrwood Veterinary in Detroit, suggests keeping a vet checklist. 

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In addition to basic health and lifestyle information, you must reveal any pet changes. The more detail you provide, the easier it will be for your vet to diagnose potential issues.

Dr. Ochoa says pets might get apprehensive at vet appointments, so bringing their favorite blanket, toy, or treats can help. 

Dr. Silva advises checking with your vet about how and when you'll receive your pet's test results. Follow up on recommended treatments like checkups or lab testing.

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