Your First Visit
A pet's first visit to the vet can seem a bit daunting, so we've put together a list of info and resources to help you prepare.
At your first appointment, please bring in any medical history you have of your pet when you come to our vet clinic. It's best to keep a journal of your pet's health throughout his or her life, including behavioral shifts. If you have something like this, share it with our team. If not, let us know everything that you think will be important.
|Before Your First Appointment|
Arrive early to fill out paperwork
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your pet's appointment. If you have not filled out our patient forms yet, plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of your appointment.
During Your Visit
During your visit, we will gather information about your pet’s background, health, diet, and training to provide a concise picture your pet’s overall state of being in the past as well as present. Our wellness visits are usually 20-30 minutes long and cover a very wide range of issues and concerns like heart murmurs, ear infections, and/or parasites. The veterinarian will then conduct a complete physical exam and document normal and abnormal findings.
Once the exam is satisfied, the results and history are reviewed and a wellness plan is created to maintain or correct certain issues. Throughout the process our clients are educated and made aware of the recommendations and reasoning. Our goal is to work as a team to extend many quality years to our patients.
In some circumstances, your veterinarian will refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as internal medicine or surgery.
“Dr. Basta and the staff are the best! Extremely knowledgeable and caring in every aspect. I travel all the way from Loxahatchee (Florida) to see them for my pets--a round trip of about 3 hrs... it's worth it!!!!”
Robert Berger, MS, MVSc, PhD