A pet's first visit to the vet can seem a bit daunting, so we've put together a list of info and resources to help you prepare.

At your first appointment, we will gather information about your pet’s background, health, diet, and training. We can also address any questions or concerns you might have.

Your veterinarian will examine your pet from nose-to-tail, looking for things like heart murmurs, ear infections, and/or parasites. Your vet can also provide pet-proofing tips, training assistance, and parasite protection recommendations.

Before Your First Appointment
  1. Complete all Patient Forms prior to your first visit.
  2. Assemble and be sure to bring all the proper items with you:
    • Your pet's adoption or purchase records
    • Any existing medical history
    • A list of current medications and supplements
    • Current feeding schedule and the brand of food you use
    • A list of questions you have for your veterinarian
  3. Collect any necessary stool or urine samples if requested.
  4. If you're bringing in your dog, be sure he or she is accustomed to being on a short leash. If you're bringing a cat, be sure to have an appropriate carrier.
  5. Feel free to bring your pet's favorite treats to keep them happy and distracted!

Arrive early to fill out paperwork

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your pet's appointment. If you have not filled out our patient forms yet, plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of your appointment.

“While we all wish we could keep our furry friends forever there comes a time when we must make the decision to end their suffering. When we reached this point with our 15-year-old cat with cancer, the entire staff, from the receptionist to vet assistant to the doctor, were compassionate and sensitive to our grief and need for privacy. The administrative process that is a necessary part of this decision was handled with discretion, allowing us to focus on saying goodbye instead of trying to determine the right arrangements. It made a painful experience a little less difficult. For that, we thank them all.”

Rona's Family

Request an Appointment

Request Appointment (703) 437-6900