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.

“Dr. Johnson and all the techs and staff at Ark Animal Hospital are so wonderful. Our cat had a UTI, and they took excellent care of him. Dr. Johnson was so understanding and answered all of our questions. She and the techs gave us regular updates on how our cat was doing, and we knew they were monitoring him and taking great care of him. I am so impressed with the service. I felt like they were very thorough, but it never felt like they were pushing unnecessary treatments or services on us. Our cat is doing great! I would highly recommend Ark Animal Hospital.”

Caitlyn K.