Preparing for your pet’s appointment

Tips for preparing for your pet's appointment

Pre-Visit Questionnaire

For all patients

The initial contact between a cat and a new person is very critical.

  • To make this a positive bond, we ask that you have your pet in a quiet, familiar space, such as a small bathroom ~30-60 minutes prior to our visit.
    • This makes them feel secure and we can establish trust in this space before starting our exam.
    • By keeping your cat in a small room, we are able to conduct the examination while minimizing the stress on you and your cat.
  • Hungry is good. If medically appropriate, reduce the amount of food your pet eats before a veterinary visit.
  • Relaxation rules. Pheromone and aromatherapy diffusers emit calming substances into the air, and pet-friendly music works its calming effect on the central nervous system. (You might benefit, too).
    • Examples include Feliway Spray and Diffusers.
      • Apply the Spray to a towel or bedding ~15 minutes prior to your pet’s appointment time
  • If you have more than one pet, regardless of if they are being seen, we ask that you keep all pets separated before and throughout the visit.
  • If you have more than one pet, regardless of if they are being seen, we ask that you keep all pets separated before and throughout the visit.
  • Eye contact is for you, not your pet. For some pet’s we will initially avoid eye contact with your pet and focus on you instead. This helps your pet feel less stressed because he’s not the center of attention and gives him time to check out his environment and become accustomed to the team member’s presence.
  • Hungry is good. If medically appropriate, reduce the amount of food your pet eats before a veterinary visit.
  • Have your pet’s Favorite toys readily available. Toys can help distract & relax your pet if they start to get nervous. Play also builds a positive bond between your pet and our staff.
  • Please leash your dog before and throughout the visit. You can allow the leash to drag behind your pet as in most cases it only serves to help direct them if they get distracted.
  • Please save a fecal sample for all dog wellness & indoor/outdoor cat wellness visits.
    • The CDC recommends biannual fecal screening to evaluate for intestinal parasites, which can be harmful to your pet and family.
  • If your pet is being seen for any changes digestive system status – diarrhea, decreased appetite, vomiting – please save a fresh fecal sample
  • Any new dog or cat

Urine sample may be collected:

  • For pet’s that is experiencing changes in bathroom habits, increased drinking or changes in litter box usage.
  • As part of their annual wellness screening
      • Therefore, we recommend keeping your dog indoors  & preventing your cat from accessing their litter box for ~4 hours prior to their exam.

Blood work may be indicated as part of your pet’s preventative care plan, for sick pet visits or if your pet is on long-term medication(s).

  • If your pet is on long-term medication(s), the timing of sample collection is important. Please contact us to ensure your appointment time is appropriate.

Having a written list of questions can help make sure we have met your needs.