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Your first visit at Companion Animal Hospital

Companion Animal Hospital

We want to reduce confusion and eliminate unnecessary stress. That’s why we’ve provided a general overview of what to expect during your first appointment with us. We also encourage you to contact us with additional questions or concerns.

Plan Ahead

When bringing your pet into a new environment, it’s important to take extra care and consideration. For safety reasons, we ask that every pet remains in a carrier or on a leash. Be mindful of the temperature (make sure it’s not too hot or too cold). If your companion is more sensitive to stress and anxiety, think about covering his or her travel cage with a sheet or blanket.

Some animals can be intimidating or aggressive toward strangers, so try scheduling your appointment at a time when our hospital is less crowded. If you have a more temperamental pet, feel free to discuss your concerns with us. We’re happy to advise you on appropriate management techniques as well as basic training practices.

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The First Exam

During the first exam, we will focus on getting to know you and your pet. Your veterinarian will conduct a head-to-tail examination. This exam will include weighing your pet and checking overall health including the skin and coat, eyes and ears, heart, lungs, teeth, and gums.

Following the examination, your veterinarian will consult with you on any questions or concerns you may have. The discussion will cover health and wellness issues, vaccine scheduling, spaying, neutering, and microchipping your pet.

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What to Bring

Please bring any health records or documents from previous veterinary providers. This includes the vaccines your pet has received, previous parasite treatments, past surgical procedures, and other relevant medical information. We also ask every owner to complete the Client/Patient Information Form available on our website.