New Pet? Now What?….Top 10 Things To Know About Your First Vet Visit
Did you get a new fur baby for Christmas? Looking for what you need to know, as a new pet parent? We are here to help! Below is a list of SOME of the topics that will be discussed during your first four-legged family member’s vet visit and ways to prepare for your visit, so our team can make sure your pet has the best care possible!
Previous History: Bring any and all records on your new family member, whether from a previous veterinary hospital, a breeder, or a shelter. You can NEVER bring too much information! This is super important as we try to see what immunizations have been administered, and determine if your pet has had any health issues prior to visiting us as the veterinary clinic near me. Also, any history or records pertaining to your new pet’s biological parents, helps give us clues on what to look for in the future. Genetics can be amazing, but can also bring unwanted traits. Better to be prepared for potential issues!
Diagnostic Testing: Bring a fresh stool sample for us to screen for parasites (remember, some can cross species to cats, dogs, and even humans). The most common ones we see are hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and coccidia spp.
Daily Life: Plan to discuss making changes to your home, and your routine to better accommodate your new pet. What is the best method for house training? Where will your new baby sleep? How will you keep them from becoming bored, and possibly destructive, when you are not directly playing with them? Litter pans, placement, and numbers, oh my! Safe and appropriate toys, types of food and water bowls, and where to place them! We will walk you through it all!
Socialization– Most socialization in puppies and kittens is completed before they ever get to see us! Let’s talk safe socializing, with other vaccinated pets, in a registered training class. Are there other pets in your household? How will you introduce your new pet to them?
Physical exam– some congenital (meaning from birth) issues are already apparent and we can tell you if your pet is healthy or not. Each time you come in we will do a thorough nose to tail exam looking for any specific issues to catch them early before they become clinically apparent.
Training: Basic commands are understood early, and repetition is the key! Training is a lifetime endeavor, for both you and your pet!
Nutrition: Puppies and kittens have very different needs at this life stage. Their gastrointestinal tract is not completely developed and the added stress of a new environment, food, or parasites can cause disruption in their systems. The quantity of the hand-selected foods will be adjusted based on age and weight at each visit. Let us help you pick a diet that will help them maintain a healthy gut and growth pattern by feeding nutrients, not ingredients.
Oral Health: Just like human babies, these little ones are teething! Chew, chew, chew is all they want to do, it seems. Sometimes, that chewing may be directed at you (ouch)! Start now, with gently brushing the gum line, to soothe irritated tissue. We will set you up with a complimentary starter pack, complete with finger-brush and pet-friendly toothpaste.
Pet insurance: Yes, this is a great idea! Getting coverage before there is an issue, is the way to go. There are many competitive companies out there. Nationwide, Trupanion, and Embrace are just a few options out there.
Vaccinations and Procedures: What vaccinations does your pet need? How often will your pet need to receive boosters? Oftentimes, breeders or adoption programs have not completed the puppy or kitten vaccine courses. We will continuously customize a protection plan for them, up to 18-20 weeks of age for these little ones. When do we spay or neuter them? This will be a discussion we will have at each visit. Some pet’s may need to have this procedure delayed, or the sooner the better in other cases. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered every step…err…paw print of the way!
We would like to thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during our modified way of doing things for the COVID-19 pandemic. The love shared between pets and their families is an everlasting bond. We are grateful to be a part of protecting that bond.
As we all move forward together, everybody’s safety remains our top priority coupled with providing your pets the best care that they deserve.
There will continue to be the option of Valet veterinary curbside care throughout for your preferred comfort level. (see bottom of page).
FOR THOSE WANTING TO ACCOMPANY THEIR PET INSIDE FOR THE APPOINTMENT
🡺 In accordance with the following guidelines, you may accompany your pet into the building for select purposes.
🡺 Limit one person per appointment. This helps control the amount of people in the building at any given time.
🡺 We will need to ask COVID-19 exposure questions. Have you been exposed to our personally had COVID symptoms or testing in the past 10 days? For the safety of all, it will be necessary to participate in curbside care if you answer “yes” to any of these questions.
🡺Wearing a mask will be required of you, and we will also wear masks. Please provide your own clean mask. Proper use of the mask includes coverage of the nose and mouth. We realize there are many variations of face coverings be used. As a medical facility, we require a surgical mask or similarly designed mask that securely covers the face. Bandana’s, gators, and other loose fitting coverings aren’t approved in our office. We can give you a mask if you need one.
🡺 Please call when you arrive and then remain in your vehicle. To control social distancing and traffic safety in our small parking lot, it is very important that you remain in your vehicle. We will call you when it is your turn to enter. You will be shown directly to the exam room so that we can keep the lobby empty.
🡺 As your appointment begins, we appreciate your cooperation in social distancing inside the exam room as much as the space allows. Please remain seated for the duration of the appointment. Our staff will handle your pet during the entire appointment.
🡺 Normally we would perform as much of your pets care in the exam room with you as possible. However, to keep exposure times limited, the vet tech and the veterinarian will consult with you in the exam room but your pet will be taken to the treatment area for care. We promise not to keep your pet away from you any longer than necessary.
🡺 The doctor will come see you in the exam room and talk about your pets care plan.
🡺 When the visit is concluded, payment and paperwork will be conducted in the exam room and then you’ll be able to exit the building.
🡺 There are some basic pet care needs that will continue to be provided curbside only (i.e. a toenail trim or similar). Also, pets being dropped off with us will be managed via curbside.
CONTINUATION OF EXISTING PROTOCOLS
🡺 Our “Vet Valet” curbside service will continue as an option. Call us when you arrive and we will come to your car to receive your pet, bring it in for care, communicate with you by phone and return your pet to your car. Our contact with you in person will be limited in order to reduce exposure. Please note that our team members are unable to spend time with you outside beyond the time to retrieve or return your pet. All communication will be by phone so please have a charged cell phone with you and be available to answer when we call.
🡺Teleconsults with live video chat are still available for select issues. If this interests you, please ask us for details on meeting with the doctor remotely.
🡺Contactless pickup of items only (i.e. prescriptions, food, etc.) will continue to be paid for by phone and then set on a table outside our door so that we can maintain a closed lobby.
🡺 Enjoy the convenience of home delivery by ordering from our website.
As an animal hospital, our routine protocols for cleaning and sanitation were already strong. However, we have further enhanced them to ensure everyone’s safety. We are committed to cleaning all surfaces in the exam room between each person. This includes door handles, chairs, and every other surface possible.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your pets best life!