Welcoming a new pet into your home brings such joy and excitement, and at Edgewater Animal Hospital, we want to ensure that these experiences last a lifetime. This is why we strongly recommend that you schedule your puppy or kitten’s first veterinary visit within one week of bringing your new pet home.
At that time, we will carefully examine your pet and outline a medical plan based on his or her specific health needs, as well as provide you with the information and advice you will need to start your pet on the path to a life of healthy and happy living.
What to Expect From Your Pet’s First Visit
Your pet’s first visit will include:
- A review of all prior medical records and any history provided by the owner
- A comprehensive physical examination
- A vaccination schedule that is tailored according to current veterinary guidelines and the lifestyle of your pet
- Routine testing for parasites, viruses, and other conditions commonly found in puppies and kittens
- The initiation of heartworm preventive and parasite controlling medications (commonly used to treat flea and ticks)
- Nutritional and behavioral counseling
- Our recommendations on when to have your pet spayed or neutered (typically encouraged between 4 to 6 months of age)
- Information regarding specific risks to your pet based on environment or breed
- Detailed answers to any questions or concerns you may have regarding the care and treatment of your new companion
Please note that the first few months of your pet’s life is an extremely crucial period. During this time, you should regularly plan to have your pet examined by a veterinarian for routine wellness exams and vaccination boosters, in accordance to the schedule we will develop with you for your pet.
We Offer Microchipping
According to statistics, one in three pets goes missing during its lifetime, of which 90% never make it back home. Having your pet microchipped can offer peace of mind. It is a simple way to protect you and your family from this harsh reality.
A microchip provides each pet with a unique identification to assist in the recovery process. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is placed between the shoulders under the skin through a needle. Additionally, many countries also require a microchip for international travel.
If you and your pet will be visiting us for the first time, we strongly encourage you to visit our new clients area. Here you will find detailed information regarding scheduling an appointment, what to bring on your first visit, and more.