What to Expect at Your First Visit
When you are visiting Red Barn Animal Hospital at either the Hampshire or Gilberts location, you can expect excellent service and superior care for your pet from our team of veterinary professionals.
So that we can provide the very best in medical care for your pet, we require some information for our records. You can complete this paperwork at our office before your first visit or download our New Client/Patient Form, complete it in the comfort of your home and email it, fax it, or bring it with you to your appointment.
Preventative Care Dog or Cat Exam
We recommend that your pet receives a preventative care exam at least once a year. We examine your pet from head to tail. Our doctors will check your pet’s ears, eyes, teeth, skin and coat. They will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs, examine his tummy and take his temperature. They will talk with you about your pet’s diet and behavior. Our doctors will then recommend an individualized health care plant for your pet based on exam findings, his age and lifestyle.
In some circumstances, our doctors may refer you to a specialist who has advance expertise in specific areas of veterinary medicine.
New Puppy Exam
A new puppy is an exciting addition to your family. Bring your new baby to see one of our doctors as soon as possible. Bring any medical records with you.
Our doctors will begin your puppy’s first visit with a thorough physical examination.
They will discuss which vaccinations are recommended to protect your puppy from a number of diseases. These typically start when your puppy is about six weeks old and will continue by boosters every few weeks until he is about four months old. After these initial vaccinations, boosters are given on a schedule set with our doctors.
You will also be asked to bring in a poop sample to check for intestinal parasites.
Protecting your new puppy from heartworm, fleas and ticks is very important because they can carry diseases. Preventative products will be recommended by our doctors during your visit.
You may want to consider microchipping your puppy. This involves inserting a small microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, between your puppy’s shoulder blades. Once registered, the microchip contains information so he can be returned to you if he is ever lost and returned to an animal shelter or a veterinarian’s office.
Our doctors are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have as the owner of a new puppy. Please ask them all.
New Kitten Exam
It is important to bring a new kitten to be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. We would love to meet him within the first week at home if he appears healthy, but even sooner if he has watery eyes, is sneezing or uninterested in eating. It is a good idea to keep your new kitten away from other cats in the home until he has seen a veterinarian.
Our doctors will begin your kitten’s first visit with a thorough physical examination.
You will be asked to bring a poop sample to check for worms – a common occurrence in shelter kittens due to their close contact with other cats – and other common harmful organisms. Our doctors may recommend other lab tests.
Vaccinations to prevent common feline diseases will be discussed with our doctors to create an individualized vaccine schedule for your new kitten.
They will also discuss surgery to spay or neuter your kitten.