Any veterinarian attempting to pinpoint the root or cause of an animalís problem needs a "history" or compilation of all the known information leading up to the present problem. Some information may be of great importance, yet is easily overlooked; for this reason, professionals in medical fields are usually trained in the art of asking questions. When reporting the history of a problem to a veterinarian, it is important to be brief, yet complete in answering questions. Occasionally, owners become embarrassed at their attempted treatments of their pets and may not be inclined to disclose important information.
Important information for a thorough medical history can include the following:
Pet owners that are attentive and provide a good history can greatly enhance the likelihood of finding an accurate answer to a petís problem.
Following is a list of some of the specific problems commonly encountered in cats. Detailed information pertinent to the following can be found on additional pages in this manual.