Bayview Animal Hospital
If you’re a first-time pet owner or this is your first visit to our hospital, thinking about your initial appointment can be somewhat uncertain and can create unnecessary stress. For this reason, we’ve provided a general overview of what to expect and what to bring. We also encourage you to contact us with any additional questions you may have.
Making the First Visit Fun!
To ensure the safety of all our patients, we encourage you to take extra care when bringing your cat, dog, or small mammal pet into a new environment. If you have an extremely shy or more aggressive pet, feel free to discuss your concerns with us. We’re happy to advise you on appropriate behavior management techniques as well as fundamental training practices.
The First Exam
Our initial exam is gentle and thorough. We weigh and examine your pet, assessing condition of the skin, coat, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, teeth, gums, and overall health. At this visit, we initiate pet health protocols with vaccines 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.
What to Bring
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. Please submit the Client/Patient Information Form online. 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 parasites. In addition, bring the name of the food you are giving your puppy, kitten, or adult pet and the times and amounts you have been feeding. Our veterinarians will advise you about your current nutrition regime and make recommendations if needed.