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What to Expect During Your First Pet Care Visit

Veterinarian welcoming a new client

We recommend scheduling the first appointment with Greece Animal Hospital as soon as you adopt your new puppy, kitten, or adult pet. We want to be certain your new pet is healthy, happy, and off to a great start.

Many breeders and pet adoption organizations may perform an exam and begin preventive care for you, especially on older animals. If so, please bring those records with you to the first visit.

Making the First Visit Fun!

To avoid conflict with another animal in the waiting room, keep your new pet in a carrier or on a leash. This helps keep your pet calm and minimizes risk of exposure to disease.

Our veterinarians and staff are skilled at creating a positive experience during exam time. If you have concerns about an overly shy or aggressive pet, feel free to discuss this with us. Our staff is trained to handle our more challenging patients and will take the time to educate you on appropriate pet behavior and training techniques. If needed, we can also refer you and your pet to outside trainers and behavior specialists.

What to Bring to the First Visit

Please bring any health records or documents you have received from the breeder, adoption facility, or previous veterinary clinic, outlining any vaccines given, parasite treatments, or other pertinent medical information. If you haven’t submitted the new client form online, please bring the completed form with you and give it to the receptionist at check-in. We will add this to your pet’s medical records.

If possible, collect a fresh stool sample for this first visit, to allow us to test for intestinal parasites. In addition, bring the name of the food you are giving your puppy, kitten, or adult pet, and the times and amount you have been feeding. Our veterinarians will advise you about your current nutrition regime and make recommendations if needed.

The First Exam

With a gentle touch, we will guide your pet through the first exam. We will weigh and examine your pet, assessing condition of the skin, coat, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, teeth, gums, and overall health.

At this visit, we will initiate pet health protocols with vaccine and parasite prevention. We will discuss spay and neuter if this has not yet been done, as well as microchipping your pet.

We encourage you to bring any questions you have or topics for discussion regarding your pet’s health. We are here to listen, guide, and advise you throughout the life of your new companion.

Contact Greece Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for your new puppy or kitten.

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