Whether you rescued your pet from a local shelter or bought it from a champion breeder, the first step is a trip to the vet. It is important to have a veterinarian give your new pet an overall health assessment to ensure they are starting out on a healthy note.
During your first visit at Village West Veterinary you can expect the following:
Medical Record Review
The more you know about your pet’s previous medical history, the better off you will be when it comes time to making decisions about current and future veterinary care. Reviewing your pet’s medical records periodically is an important part of being a pet owner and will help you to better understand what is best for your pet with regard to their overall health care. Knowing this information can help remind you when routine care is necessary and teach you how to provide the most appropriate at-home care. These records can also prepare you with specific questions to ask the veterinarian at your next visit. At Village West Veterinary, we believe it is crucial that each owner understands their pet’s medical records. We will sit down with you and go through your pet’s health history together, answering any questions or concerns you may have.
A complete health assessment that includes checking vitals, weighing your new pet, and examining for any abnormalities, whether congenital or acquired.
A stool sample to test for internal parasites. This is critically important!
We will discuss your new pet’s prior vaccine history with you and determine what vaccinations might be necessary. Vaccinations are important, but not all dogs and cats require all vaccines, and we consider age, activity and prior vaccine history in determining the needs of your new pet.
Spay and Neuter Information
If your pet is not yet spayed or neutered, we will review the best options for your pet and a timeline for potential procedures.
Depending on lifestyle, if your new dog (or possibly cat) is younger than six months of age, they should be started on a heartworm preventative without the need for a blood test. If they’re older than six months, a heartworm test is very important.
We strongly encourage that ALL dogs and cats receive a microchip implant so they can be identified if they ever become lost. Even pets considered “indoor” still have a chance of ending up outside. An implanted microchip with a one-time, lifetime registration means your pet has a MUCH better chance of being returned to you should it ever escape the safety of your watch.
Overview on How to Properly Care for Your Pet
We discuss with you good nutrition options for optimal weight and activity, as well as for fun and enjoyment. We’ll review feeding schedules, food amounts, behavior training, exercise, outdoor and indoor safety, and whatever other special considerations you might have.
Pet Health Insurance Information
Pet insurance has become very common these days. We can help you understand the pros and cons, and walk you through how to choose a plan.
At Village West Veterinary, our sole purpose is your pet’s health and comfort. We are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about your new pet and provide you with any additional information you may need about how to care for your new companion. Give us a call today at (773) 697-7052 to schedule your new pet exam!