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 Crestwood Animal Hospital
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  • Location
    1131 North Inyokern Road
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555
  • Hours
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sat - Sun: Closed

    When your pet is scheduled for a surgery or dental cleaning, you must bring him or her to the hospital ahead of your actual appointment time. The hospital is open for check-ins between 7:00-8:00 AM. A member from our client service staff will call you two days prior to your appointment to confirm a check-in time and go over fasting instructions for your pet.

    Fasting instructions: No food after 8:00 PM the evening before your pet's scheduled surgery or dental cleaning appointment; however, your pet may have water all the way up to the time of his or her appointment.

    Boarding check-in hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. If your pet is scheduled to receive a bath during their stay, pick-up times will be between 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.