Don’t Stress About Your First Visit!
For your convenience, we’ve provided a general overview of what to expect during your first visit to Suburban Animal Hospital. We also encourage you to contact us with any additional questions you may have.
It’s important to take extra care when bringing your cat or dog into a new environment. To ensure the safety of every patient, we ask that your pets remain in a carrier or on a leash while in the waiting room. Some animals can be intimidating or aggressive toward others they don’t know, so try scheduling your appointment at a time when our hospital is less crowded to avoid potential confrontations. 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.
Our veterinarians also recommend that you bring your pet hungry to his or her first visit. If you have a cat, we advise covering his or her carrier to ensure a comfortable experience.
What to Bring
Please bring any health records or documents from previous providers to your first appointment with us. Ideally, this details the vaccines your pet has received, previous parasite treatments, past surgical procedures, and other relevant medical information. We also ask that every owner complete the client form available on our website.
The First Exam
Every exam we perform is gentle and thorough. During the first visit, we will weigh your pet and assess the condition of the skin, coat, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, and teeth. We also discuss appropriate vaccines and parasite prevention as well as spaying/neutering and microchipping.
As always, we encourage you to ask questions about your pet’s health. At Suburban Animal Hospital, we’re here to listen and advise you throughout the life of your beloved companion.