No one loves your pet as much as you do and part of that love is making sure they receive the best veterinary care possible. You can help us deliver it when you prepare for routine checkups, know when there’s an emergency, and follow up after your pet's appointment.
Before your Appointment
We will need some basic info on your pet, especially if you’re bringing him in for the first time. We suggest you take notes with you on:
· The names and doses of all of your pet’s medications
· The kind of food he eats
· Eating and drinking habits and stool and urine frequency
· Past medical records, including vaccine history
Cats, small critters like ferrets and hamsters, and birds should be in carriers when you bring them in. Dogs should at least be on a leash (we discourage flexi-leads), although small ones may do better in a carrier. If your pet doesn’t get along well with other animals, let the office staff know as it might be easier for him to wait in your car with you until the vet is ready for the appointment.
Here is what to expect during your visit:
· Weigh your pet
· Listen to heart and lungs with a stethoscope
· Take temperature (note: pet temperatures are taken rectally)
· Examine eyes, ears, nose, feet, skin coat, teeth, and mouth
· Palpate abdomen and lymph nodes
· Examine feces (bring a sample) for the presence of parasites
We will discuss your pet's history and any questions you might have about feeding and medical issues. Future care is also an important discussion including microchipping, and spaying and neutering.
Dr. Cojcoar giving "Olive" an annual wellness exam.