Key Phrases in Spanish: Communicate Effectively with a Spanish-Speaking Veterinarian

Vet visits can be scary for both you and your pet. Whether it’s a regular checkup or a symptom that concerns you, communicating effectively with the doctor is the most important part of a successful appointment. When you’re visiting a Spanish-speaking country as a non-Spanish speaker with your pet, it adds an entirely different dimension to that visit to the vet.

Here are some common terms and phrases you might need to use to make sure your pet receives the proper treatment.

First, the Spanish term for dog is perro and for cat is gato.

If your dog/cat…

Hurt its paw,

You can say: Mi perro/gato se lesionó la pata.

Hasn’t been eating,

You can say: Mi perro/gato no quiere comer.

Is having stomach problems,

You can say: Mi perro/gato tiene problemas estomacales.

Is sleeping more than usual,

You can say: Mi perro/gato está durmiendo más de lo normal.

Is coughing,

You can say: Mi perro/gato está tosiendo mucho.

Is limping,

You can say: Mi perro/gato está cojeando.

Is scratching excessively,

You can say: Mi perro/gato se esta rascando mucho.

Ate something that isn’t food,

You can say: Mi perro/gato se comió algo raro.

Has diarrhea,

You can say: Mi perro/gato tiene diarrea.

Has abnormally bad breath,

You can say: Mi perro/gato tiene muy mal aliento.

Has a visible skin rash,

You can say: Mi perro/gato tiene una erupción en la piel.

Is biting its tail excessively,

You can say: Mi perro/gato no se para de morder la cola.

Needs to have its nails cut,

You can say: Necesito cortarle las uñas a mi perro/gato.

Needs to have its ears cleaned:

You can say: Necesito limpiarle las orejas a mi perro/gato.

Needs a special kind of food,

You can say: Mi perro/gato necesita una comida específica.

Is diabetic,

You can say: Mi perro/gato tiene diabetes.

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