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Your Pet’s Very First Appointment: What to Expect

What To Expect:

Your pet’s first visit to the veterinarian will involve a basic health check and typically their first set of vaccinations. On your first day here your pet will be weighed and the veterinarian will perform a standard exam. This will consist of checking the temperature, coat, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, teeth and gums. Also, the veterinarian will go over your new pet’s health care plan. This includes information about heartworms, flea and tick prevention and vaccinations. All of this information will be explained to you during this visit as well as any questions you may have regarding your pet and their health.

What To Bring:

Fecal-Stool Sample: Please bring a stool sample for your veterinarian to test for intestinal parasites. This sample can be from the previous day as long as it’s been kept in a cool place.

Records and Additional Information: Please take along any health records or documentation you received from the breeder, pet store or rescue organization. This will give the veterinarian a sense of your pet’s previous care and help them establish an appropriate healthcare regiment.

Please also fill out our “New Patient Form” and bring it along with you to ensure a smoother check-in process.

 New Client Registration Form (PDF)

Regular visits to the veterinarian will ensure that your pet is healthy and will prolong their life. By taking the time to make your pet’s first visit to the vet as calm and relaxing as possible, you’ll be on the path to making every trip to the vet stress-free for you and your new pet.

Welcome to our family!

The Touhy Animal Hospital Staff