You have adopted a pet – Congratulations! NOW WHAT? Even if the shelter or rescue has provided all the needed medical things, such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, worming, and heartworm testing, you should still schedule an exam with a veterinarian. Not only is it a good idea to obtain a thorough exam to see if there are any previously undetected issues, but this establishes a Client/Patient/Doctor relationship. This relationship can save you so much headache and heartache in the long run.
What we do:
We work with some shelters that are not able to provide those services in house and do so with a voucher program. Vouchers typically do not include the examination fee. (Exams are included on spay/neuter vouchers only)
Once your pet is current on their annual exam, you can bring them in for technician appointments including things such as vaccine boosters and nail trims - without an exam fee. Additionally, if you have an emergency situation, the veterinarian that already knows you and your pet is much more likely to squeeze you in for an appointment if they can.
So even if it isn’t us, please get your newest family member into a veterinarian as soon as you can after adoption. There is currently a veterinarian shortage, and most veterinarians are booked out at least a week. Make that relationship soon!
Thank you for choosing to adopt!