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If your pet is being treated by a veterinarian, it’s likely that you will be asked to return for a follow-up examination. This physical examination is usually scheduled a few weeks after the initial examination and may be done for a number of reasons, such as:
Depending on your pet's condition, your veterinarian may recommend additional diagnostic tests at this time, such as blood tests or radiographs (x-rays).
It is important for you to follow your veterinarian’s directions exactly, including giving all of the medications as directed. Many treatments fail because doses of medications such as antibiotics are missed or stopped prematurely. If you have difficulty administering a medication or if your pet shows signs of side effects, such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, or pain, consult your veterinarian.
You should not discontinue treatment because it does not appear to be working. Some medications require time to take effect. Also, a medication that is effective in one animal may not be effective in the next. Your veterinarian may need to try different medications, and evaluate their effects, before arriving at the one that is best for your pet. A follow-up examination allows your veterinarian to assess your pet’s response to treatment and adjust treatment recommendations as needed.
A follow-up examination is important for the comfort and welfare of your pet. Missed follow-up examinations can result in recurrence or worsening of your pet's condition. The follow-up examination will enable your veterinarian to evaluate your pet's progress and modify treatment as necessary to ensure that your pet is healthy and comfortable.
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