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TOPIC: AT THE VETERINARIAN


VOCABULARY BUILDER:

Prescription = A piece of paper on which a doctor writes which medication he/she recommends

Spaying/neutering = Making an animal unable to reproduce (have children); Spaying and neutering is an important step in controlling the number of unwanted pets.

Vet = Short for "veterinarian"

To put to sleep =
To end a life; a veterinarian can put a terminally ill and suffering animal to sleep


EXERCISE/VOCABULARY PRACTICE TEST:
Remember to choose the most natural-sounding answer:

1. My cat seems ____________. ( = doesn't have a lot of energy)
  lethargic
  hungry
  hyper

2. My dog started ____________ ( = walking with difficulty) a couple of days ago.
  coughing
  limping
  whimpering

3. We _____________ him ( = we took him from the animal shelter) last year.
  bought
  found
  adopted

4. How much does a ______________ cost at your clinic?
  visit
  visiting
  to visit

5. My cat's ______________ is hurt.
  hand
  arm
  paw

6. Will my dog require ________________? (= an operation)
  a prescription
  surgery
  an x-ray

7. I'm not sure we can _________________ to pay that much. = That might be too expensive for us.
  afford
  a fort
  effort

8. My cat has been _____________ in the past week.
  hide
  hiding
  to hide

9. Your dog needs to be _____________ ( = given a shot to prevent some disease)
  vaccine
  vaccinated
  vaccinate

10. Do you think he is _____________ pain?

  with
  on
  in

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THINGS TO LISTEN FOR:

All his shots are up to date. = The animal has been vaccinated regularly.

You can give her a mild sedative. = You can give her something to calm her down a little.

Your dog is overweight. = Your dog weighs more than he should; he's a little fat.

You don't feed him enough. = You don't give him enough food.

Book a follow-up visit for next week. = Arrange for another visit to the vet to check how the animal is doing.





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