As your “other family doctor”, we will guide you in every aspect of your pet’s health and well-being.
Each patient-owner relationship is special, with a unique set of needs and requirements.
- First, schedule your initial appointment by calling (828) 686-3828. Gather any pet history information you have along with your completed New Client form—copy and print this form at our New Clients page.
- Next, browse through the topics below for some basic guidelines, perhaps jotting down any questions or concerns you have.
- Then, bring your paperwork, questions, and concerns to your appointment with the doctor and together we will develop a health plan for your pet.
- Last, schedule your next appointment before you leave our office, whether for vaccinations or medical follow-up—that way, you will secure a time that is most convenient for you and your pet.
Note: If you have limited access to a computer, or are uncomfortable with paperwork, call us for an appointment. We will complete your history when you arrive.
Adopting an Adult Pet
If you are adopting an adult pet (12 months of age or above) from a shelter or rescue group, congratulations—we commend you for taking in a pet that needs a home! These animals typically receive good veterinary care through their adoption organization, and are generally started on vaccines and a parasite control program by the time you have adopted them. Very often they are spayed or neutered, sometimes just prior to adoption. Occasionally, an adopted pet may have an undiagnosed medical problem or an unresolved behavior issue. We can help you identify any possible concerns and begin to resolve them immediately. Call us as soon as possible to schedule your new pet’s first check-up.
When you come for your appointment please bring us any paperwork you have from your rescue or shelter organization, including medical records and any history on the animal. This way we can help put together a health plan specifically tailored to your new pet’s needs.
If behavioral issues are a concern—from housetraining to fearfulness or aggression—we can help guide you in the right direction, whether that be training at home, or a referral to a local behaviorist.
Finally, please read through our Puppies and Kittens page. The “healthy firsts” mentioned on that page will also apply to your new older pet.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France