Now that your new pet has found their forever home, they are likely doing some things you’d expect. And maybe some things you wouldn’t.
What’s normal? What’s not?
Is it normal that…
- My dog has a little cough?
- My cat’s eyes are watery?
- My pet scoots its bottom on the rug?
- My dog eats poop?
Is it normal for…
- My cat to not want to eat?
- My dog to bark at night?
- My cat to hide under the bed?
Schedule your new pet’s veterinary visit with Cahaba Valley Animal Clinic and get them off to a healthy start! Connecting with our veterinary healthcare team early – and often – throughout your pet’s life is the best way to keep them happy and healthy. Consider us your most trusted source for medical advice and care for your new furry family member.
Your pet’s first checkup is an important milestone and a supportive setting to ask questions and monitor the health of your pet. It is also an optimal time for you and our veterinary healthcare team to build rapport and a foundation for a relationship that lasts a lifetime.
Commonly Asked Questions
Why does my brand-new pet need an initial veterinary checkup?
Our veterinary healthcare team will provide you with factual and up-to-date information on all things pet related. At your first visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss many topics related to your pet’s health, including:
- Medical background
- Litterbox issues
- Home dental care
- Digestive ailments
- Parasite control
Come to your pet’s appointment with a list of questions. You may be asked to bring your new pet’s medical records (if any), including a fecal sample. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have or address any issues you are concerned about such as:
How do I…
- Acclimate my new pet to the household?
- Reduce shedding?
- Choose the right food?
- Decide what kind of litter to use?
- Trim a black toenail?
- Pick toys and treats that are safe?
- Stop my pet from eating grass?
The animal shelter/breeder checked out my pet before coming home. If my pet seems healthy, do I still need to schedule a visit?
There are many medical conditions that are tough to spot and even the most experienced and observant pet owners can miss. That’s why it’s important to schedule a visit to ensure your pet has a clean bill of health. Every time one of our veterinarians performs a checkup, organ systems are examined. From toe to tooth, tendon to tail, our veterinarians give your pet the physical exam they need – and deserve – to make sure they begin their new life with you in tip-top shape. We will also take this time to discuss preventable problems such as dental disease, flea and tick infestation, heartworm disease, behavior issues, and obesity!
It’s important to keep everyone in your life (other pets, human family members, and the community) safe and happy. Start your pet off on the right paw and schedule your checkup soon.
We can’t wait to meet your new pet!