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 all Patient Forms 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!

Arrive early to fill out paperwork

Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your pet's appointment. If you have not filled out our patient forms yet, plan to arrive 10 minutes ahead of your appointment.

Aggressive Animal Policy

For the safety of our staff, we reserve the right to refuse service to a dog or cat that is showing signs of aggression. However, we will make every attempt to thoroughly examine every pet. If your pet requires a muzzle, we ask that you muzzle your pet prior to your arrival at our facility.

“I've been here every day for the last 6 days due to my pup's emergent issue. I'm not very happy to say that I've seen numerous different vets within the last 2 years, but I can say that Dr. Wiltshire and the vet techs at Lakeside showed more care and compassion than all the previous vets combined. Even my dog, who normally gets anxious at vets, has gotten extremely comfortable here. I don't ever feel pressured in paying hundreds of dollars, and the services are affordable. Happy to say that my baby is in good hands here.”

Lyn N.