Don’t Stress Out!
As a busy pet owner, you’ve already got plenty of things on your mind – your first visit with us shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why we’ve provided a general overview of what to expect during your appointment with Cats & Critters.
It’s important to take extra care when bringing your pet into a new environment. To ensure the safety of every patient, consider the following:
- Please keep your companion in a carrier or on a leash while in the waiting room. Be mindful of the temperature and make sure it isn’t too hot or cold.
- To minimize stress and anxiety, think about covering your travel cage with a sheet.
- For small mammals, bring along your pet’s preferred food and/or water in case your visit lasts longer than expected.
- If your pet has a bonded companion, feel free to bring him or her along for emotional support.
- Some animals can be intimidating or aggressive toward others. If this is your pet, try scheduling your appointment at a time when our hospital is less crowded.
If you have a pet with special needs, feel free to discuss your concerns with us. We’re happy to advise you on appropriate management techniques, as well as basic training practices. The American Association of Feline Practitioners also has great tips for getting your cat to the vet.
What to Bring
Please bring any health records or documents from previous providers to your first appointment. Ideally, this details the vaccines your pet has received, previous parasite treatments, past surgical procedures, and other relevant medical information. We also ask that you complete the appropriate new client form available on our website.
The First Exam
During the first visit, we will provide a nutritional assessment, behavioral counseling, and husbandry review. Every exam includes:
- A comprehensive evaluation of your pet’s body condition
- Listening to the heart and lungs
- Checking the eyes, ears, mouth, and skin
- Observing the abdomen and joints for abnormal swelling or discomfort