Your Pet's First Visit

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 the New Client Form 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. If you're bringing a cat, be sure to have an appropriate carrier.
  5. Feel free to bring your pet's favorite treats to keep them happy and distracted!

Appointment Policies

​Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your pet's appointment for check-in. If you have not filled out all relevant patient forms yet, plan to arrive 30 minutes ahead of your appointment.

"I've been going to this vet for 15 years. They are excellent and very knowledgeable. They are especially good surgeons and if ever your vet can't find out what is wrong with your pet, this is the place to go with difficult situations. Their expertise is above and beyond."

Karena Atkinson

Starting April 1, 2024, Animal Medical Clinic at Sawgrass will be joining the team at our sister hospital, Animal Care of Ponte Vedra. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please request an appointment here or call them directly at (904) 280-4544.

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