February 9, 2021 TVAH

7 Things to Know About Your New Pet’s First Vet Visit

So you’ve decided to adopt a new cat or dog? Congratulations! Now, the next step is to come visit us, to receive a full evaluation of your new family member’s health. Plus, we can answer your questions regarding their care and help you to ensure you enjoy many years together. Here’s what you need to know about that important first visit.

Bring records. Bring any information you have regarding your pet’s history, such as vaccine records, information from the breeder or shelter, and information on known or prior health conditions. But if you don’t have this information, that’s okay. Showing up for a checkup is the most important part.

Bring a stool sample, too. We can use it to check your new pet for internal parasites.

Get your pet microchipped. Microchipping is one of those things that you can’t do later, once you’ve realized the need for it. Let’s get your pet chipped at the first visit, so you have good odds of being reunited in the event your pet becomes lost.

Or, if your pet is already microchipped, it’s time to input your information into the system.

We will discuss known health conditions. In the event that your pet already has a health condition, we can help you understand it and learn how to manage it for the best possible outcome.

Expect some tests. We will perform some basic tests, such as bloodwork. This helps us to assess your pet’s health, check for parasites, and administer the proper treatments so that a situation doesn’t become dangerous.

Consider pet insurance. Protect your pet with insurance from the very beginning, and you can manage the costs associated with a major accident or health issue later in life.

Bring your questions! We can help you decide which food is best for your pet, how to potty train them, answer behavior concerns, and more. Don’t be shy; ask as many questions as you want, so we can help you feel confident about caring for your new family member.

We understand that going to a new home, as well as the first vet visit, can be both exciting and scary for pets. Our goal is to make the experience as pleasant as possible.



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