Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Veterinary Care with our Kirkland, WA Veterinarian
I got a new puppy/kitten! When should I schedule his/her first Kirkland, WA vet visit?
If you got your puppy or kitten from a breeder you are likely required by contract to take your new pet to the vet within 3 days.
If you got your puppy or kitten from a shelter or rescue, you’ll need to take your new pet to the vet as soon as possible. Puppies and kittens are often exposed to contagious diseases while in the rescue or shelter.
What should I expect during the first vet visit with Kirkland, WA Veterinarian?
During your pet’s first visit your vet will do the following:
- Weigh your pet
- Take his or her temperature rectally
- Use a stethoscope to listen to lungs and heart
- Examine teeth, mouth, eyes, ears, nose, skin, coat, genitalia, and paws
- Examine lymph nodes and abdomen
- Examine feces for worms (many puppies and kittens have roundworms)
Your vet will also discuss your pet’s history and answer any questions you may have. This is the best time to discuss things like feeding, medical concerns, worm medication, wellness care, microchipping, and spaying and neutering.
If your vet prescribes medications or treatments for your pet, make sure that you understand the dosing instructions. Follow the instructions exactly as recommended.
How long does the first vet appointment last?
Your first vet visit will last at least 30 minutes. The actual length will vary based on the situation. If you have a lot of questions or if your pet has a fever your visit may take a bit longer. If you forget to schedule your appointment ahead of time you may have to wait a lot longer to see the vet.
What should I bring with me to the first vet appointment?
Bring any relevant pet medical records, such as paperwork from your breeder or rescue, or if your pet is a little older, bring any medical records regarding past vaccines, treatments, etc.
When should I bring the puppy/kitten to the Kirkland, WA vet?
You should always bring your pet in for wellness checkups and vaccines as recommended by the vet. You should also bring in your pet if they develop an ear or urinary tract infection, has eaten something that he/she shouldn’t have (such as toxic plants), or have jumped off of a high surface and injured himself/herself. Here are some additional reasons you should bring your pet in:
If your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea throughout the day. If your pet is vomiting AND has diarrhea call your vet immediately. This could be a sign that your pet has ingested something toxic or has swallowed a foreign object.
If your pet refuses to eat. If your pet normally has a healthy appetite and one day suddenly refuses to eat you should contact your vet.
If your pet is drinking huge amounts of water it could be an early sign of thyroid disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
If your pet has oozing eyes it could be a sign that your pet has an eye infection or injury.
If your pet is urinating frequently, but only a tiny bit comes out every time your pet might have a urinary tract infection.
Why is pest prevention important for my puppy/kitten?
It’s important that you protect your pet from pests. Fleas, ticks, and parasites can wreak havoc on your pet’s health. Taking preventative measures and going to the vet for tests can help give your pet a better chance at a long and healthy life.
Why is pet dental care so important?
If you want your pet to be healthy it’s essential that you keep their dental health in good shape. You’ll need to brush your pet’s teeth at a certain age, which will be recommended by your vet. You should also get regular teeth cleanings at your vet’s office as recommended.
Finn Hill Animal Hospital Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What Kirkland, WA Pet Care services do you offer?
- We offer the following services:
- Pet Exams
- Spay and Neuter
- Dental Care
- Emergency Care
- Grooming / Parasite Control
- Holistic Services
- Exotic Pet Care
- Puppy & Kitten Care
- Adult & Senior Pets
Does your animal hospital accept walk-ins?
Yes, we do accept walk-ins.
Does your animal hospital offer emergency/urgent care?
Yes, we do offer emergency/urgent pet care.
Does your animal hospital treat exotic pets?
Yes, we have experienced veterinarians who are familiar with various exotic pets.
What type of animals does your animal hospital see?
We have seen and treated a lot of different animals, including but not limited to:
- Guinea Pigs
- Bearded Dragons
- And many more…
Do you offer specials or discounts on Veterinary Care in Kirkland, WA?
Yes, check out our specials and discounts Here.