Your Pet's First Visit

A pet's first visit to the vet can seem a bit daunting, so we've put together a list of info and resources to help you prepare. 

At your first appointment, we will gather information about your pet’s background, health, diet, and training. We can also address any questions or concerns you might have.

Your veterinarian will examine your pet from nose-to-tail, looking for things like heart murmurs, ear infections, and/or parasites. Your vet can also provide pet-proofing tips, training assistance, and parasite protection recommendations. 

Before Your First Appointment
  1. Complete the New Client Form prior to your first visit.
  2. Assemble and be sure to bring all the proper items with you:
    • Your pet's adoption or purchase records
    • Any existing medical history
    • A list of current medications and supplements
    • Current feeding schedule and the brand of food you use
    • A list of questions you have for your veterinarian
  3. Collect any necessary stool or urine samples, if requested.
  4. If you're bringing in your dog, be sure he or she is accustomed to being on a short leash. If you're bringing a cat, be sure to have an appropriate carrier.
  5. Feel free to bring your pet's favorite treats to keep them happy and distracted!

Appointment Policies

​Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your pet's appointment for check-in. If you have not filled out all relevant patient forms yet, plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of your appointment.

During Your Visit

During your visit, we will gather information about your pet’s background, health, diet, and training to provide a concise picture your pet’s overall state of being in the past as well as present. Our wellness visits are usually 20-30 minutes long and cover a very wide range of issues and concerns like heart murmurs, ear infections, and/or parasites. The veterinarian will then conduct a complete physical exam and document normal and abnormal findings. 

Once the exam is satisfied, the results and history are reviewed and a wellness plan is created to maintain or correct certain issues. Throughout the process our clients are educated and made aware of the recommendations and reasoning. Our goal is to work as a team to extend many quality years to our patients. 

In some circumstances, your veterinarian will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as internal medicine or surgery.

"I have been taking him here since he was 9 weeks. We have come to love the staff and the inviting atmosphere. I have always felt they have treated him with the utmost care. I am saddened to be leaving ( we are moving) and could only hope to find such kind, loving, and compassionate people at our next location. Thank you all who have taken care of him."

Ashley V.

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