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Planning for a Successful First Visit

We care about your pet and want to make every visit a pleasant one. That’s why we’ve provided a general overview of what to expect during your first appointment at East River Veterinary Hospital. We also encourage you to contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

Plan Ahead

It’s important to take extra care when bringing your pet into a new environment. To ensure the safety of every patient, consider the following:

  • Please keep your companion in a carrier or on a leash while in the waiting room. Be mindful of the temperature and make sure it isn’t too hot or cold.
  • To minimize stress and anxiety, think about covering your travel cage with a sheet.
  • For small mammals, bring along your pet’s preferred food and/or water in case your visit lasts longer than expected.
  • Some animals can be intimidating or aggressive toward others. If this is your pet, try scheduling your appointment at a time when our hospital is less crowded.

If you have a more temperamental pet, feel free to give us a call. We’re happy to advise you on appropriate management techniques, as well as basic training practices.

What to Bring

Please bring any health records or documents from previous providers to your first appointment with us. Ideally, this details the vaccines your pet has received, past surgical procedures, and other relevant medical information. We also ask that every owner complete the client form available on our website.

Veterinary assistant with African Love Birds


The First Exam

Every exam we perform is gentle and thorough. During the first visit, we will weigh your pet and assess the condition of the skin, coat, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, and teeth. We also discuss parasite prevention, spaying/neutering (if necessary), and microchipping.

On the Web

American Association of Feline Practitioners:

American Veterinary Medical Association:

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