Your First Visit
Preparing for Your First Veterinary Visit

Your first visit will allow us to get to know each other, check your pet's health, and begin wellness care to help prevent against future illnesses.

Before Your First Visit

Gather Medical Records
Bring any medical, vaccine or adoption records you may have for your pet.
Complete Our New Client Form
Download and complete this form to bring with you to your visit.
Get Tips for a Successful Trip
New environments can be stressful for any pet, we've got some tips for you.
During Your First Visit

During your pet’s first visit, your veterinarian will do a head-to-tail exam and check overall health, including the skin and coat, eyes and ears, teeth and gums, heart, lungs and other vital organs.

The veterinarian will also check your pet for fleas, ticks and other external parasites.

Your veterinarian will also ask questions about your pet’s diet, habits and activities, and discuss overall health and wellness including:

  • Vaccine History
  • Parasite Prevention
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Dental Care
  • Microchipping
Ask Questions
Your first visit is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your pet's breed. Symptoms of many hereditary conditions are not always obvious, so awareness is important for early detection.

This is also a great time to ask for any recommendations or tips about care, training and feeding. Don't forget to schedule your pet's follow-up visit before you leave. After all, preventive care can help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

If you have any questions at all about your pet's upcoming visit, don't hesitate to contact us. We're looking forward to seeing you and your pet soon.
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VCA Adams Animal Hospital
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  • Location
    1287 South Main St.
    Athol, MA 01331
  • Hours
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sat: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sun: Closed

    For any urgent care that your pet may require, we have appointments available Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, and Saturday from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. In addition, we also offer urgent care on a walk-in basis during our regular office hours. Please call us ahead of time so we may be prepared for your pet's arrival. You do not have to be a current client. Please note: our doors may close early due to heavy volume.

    Although we are available for urgent care, we are not an emergency clinic and are not staffed overnight or prepared for emergency surgery or intensive care cases. We are still recommending referral to the emergency clinic if your pet is likely to require after-hours surgery, monitoring, or experiencing a life threatening emergency that will require after-hours care.

    If you are not sure if you pet should be seen here or at the emergency clinic, feel free to call and consult with our staff.

    Patients will be examined on a first come-first serve basis, with the exception that more severe problems may take precedence.

    Types of urgent cases we see:

    • Porcupine quills
    • Lacerations, cuts, abrasions
    • Bite wounds, abscesses
    • Trouble breathing
    • Lumps, bumps, masses
    • Limping, lameness
    • Fleas, ticks, tick-borne diseases
    • Vomiting, diarrhea
    • Itching, over grooming, skin infections, or hair loss
    • Ear infections, head shaking, scratching, ear discharge
    • Urinary problems, blood in urine, going outside of the litterbox, unable to urinate
    • Straining to defecate
    • Vaccine reactions
    • Coughing, sneezing
    • Toenail injuries, overgrown nails
    • Drinking or urinating more than normal
    • Loss of appetite
    • Squinting, eye discharge
    • Euthanasia

     

    Due to COVID-19 our hours may vary.