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

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Gather Medical Records
Bring any medical, vaccine or adoption records you may have for your pet.
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Complete Our New Client Form
Download and complete this form to bring with you to your visit.
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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 Blairstown Animal Hospital
Animals We See Birds, Cats, Dogs, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice, Rabbits, Rats, ZooMED
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    29 Cedar Lake Road
    Blairstown, NJ 07825
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  • Hours & Info
    Mon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tue - Thu: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sun: Closed

    If your pet is scheduled for a drop-off examination, such as x-rays or ultrasounds, we ask that you please drop your pet off between 8:00 am - 9:00 am. You would have been advised when you made the appointment if your pet was not supposed to have any food or drink prior to this appointment or procedure. One of our staff will contact you during the day to arrange pick up or make other arrangements.


    VCA Blairstown Animal Hospital performs surgery Monday through Friday. If your pet is scheduled for surgery, he or she is not allowed any food or water after midnight the evening before surgery. We request that you drop off your pet anytime between 8:00 am - 9:00 am. At this time, you will be asked some pertinent questions and contact information by our receptionists. You will also be asked to review and sign a consent form for the surgery. After the surgery is done one of our staff will contact you to let you know how the surgery went and to inform you as to what time he or she may be picked up. If your dog or cat is a male and being neutered, they will be able to go home the same day, while females here for spay will spend the night and go home the following morning.