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, we will gather information about your pet’s background, health, diet, and training. We can also address any questions or concerns you might have.

Your veterinarian will examine your pet from nose-to-tail, looking for things like heart murmurs, ear infections, and/or parasites. Your vet can also provide pet-proofing tips, training assistance, and parasite protection recommendations. 

Before Your First Appointment
  1. Complete all Patient Forms prior to your first visit.
  2. Assemble and be sure to bring all the proper items with you:
    • Your pet's adoption or purchase records
    • Any existing medical history
    • A list of current medications and supplements
    • Current feeding schedule and the brand of food you use
    • A list of questions you have for your veterinarian
  3. Collect any necessary stool or urine samples if requested.
  4. If you're bringing in your dog, be sure he or she is accustomed to being on a short leash.
  5. Feel free to bring your pet's favorite treats to keep them happy and distracted!

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.

“My 5 yr old Italian Greyhound, Peny, developed an anal gland abscess. I readily approved a very reasonably priced treatment plan made by Dr. Johnson. There was likely the need for sedation for incision and drainage with flushing. As it turned out, sedation wasn't needed and the final charge was considerable reduced without that charge. I was struck by the ethical integrity of Dr. Johnson and the Manager. It is reassuring to know that the business ethic of The Ark is to NOT overcharge clients and to keep costs at a minimum without compromising the quality of care. Thank You Ark Hospital Staff!”

Trueman F.

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