We understand taking your pet to the veterinarian can feel overwhelming! When you are looking for a veterinary clinic you should be able to count on excellence in service and quality and expert care for both clients and patients.
Green Mountain Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing advanced skills with the most current innovations in the field of veterinary medicine.
Preparing Your Visit
You can help your veterinarian tremendously by being prepared before your visit. Taking notes and bringing basic information about your pet can make all the difference, especially if this is your pet's very first visit!
Consider jotting down information such as the kind of food your pet eats as well as their eating and drinking habits. If your pet takes any medication, what kind and how much are also important for your veterinarian to know. Past medical records and vaccine history are also helpful.
In order to keep your pet safe both inside and out, we ask that all dogs be leashed or harnessed. If your dog tends to be aggressive, bite or doesn’t like other dogs, please let us know so that we can provide a muzzle if you do not already have one. All cats or kittens or other small pets should be brought in a carrier or appropriate carrying and containing device.
What Happens During Pet Exams
We advise you take your pet in for a wellness exam at least once a year. Our veterinarians will perform a full, head-to-tail physical exam to check the health of your pet. We will ask questions about your pet's history, diet, behavior, habits, lifestyle and general health.
Here's what we will observe and inspect:
-weight of your pet
-listen to the heart and lungs
-examine inside of the mouth: teeth, tongue and roof of the mouth
-examine the haircoat and skin
-examine the nose, eyes, ears and face
-examine the legs and test muscles and joints
-examine the abdomen and assess organs
-take a rectal temperature
-tick borne diseases
Additional for Middle aged pets and older:
-Blood tests CBC (complete blood count) and serum chemistry
-Discuss recommended vaccines and parasite preventions
Questions to Ask Your Vet
You are your pet's top advocate, therefore it is important to ask your veterinarian any questions or raise any concerns you may have! Here are some questions you may consider asking:
• Can alternative medicine such as chiropractic services help with my pets health?
• What type of exercise should my pet get and how often?
• What types of food should I feed my pets?
• What are signs of good health or poor health?
• How do I keep my pets teeth clean?