1. KEEP YOUR PET CLOSE IN THE WAITING ROOM
Even though your Fluffy wouldn't hurt a fly, letting her wander is bad pet etiquette when you don't know the other animals or owners. "Plus, animals that are in pain or ill may react differently than they normally would," says Julie Legred, CVT, interim executive director, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Keep pets on leashes or in carrying cases, and everyone will get along fine. Photo by Getty Images
You may be embarrassed that you don't brush your dog's teeth or that you do share your nightly Ben & Jerry's with your kitty-or more seriously, you forgot to give your pet his meds or left a poisonous holly bush within reach. Try to remember that the vet is there to help your pet, not to judge you, and withholding facts to save face can be dangerous.
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3. REGULAR CHECKUPS ARE CRITICAL