Rescue and Shelter Pet Exams

Exam for Newly Adopted Pets

We see so many wonderful relationships begin when a Rescue or Shelter pet is adopted and brought into North River Animal Hospital for their first examination!

Many pets who have just been rehomed are anxious and eager for companionship. They will also have to learn new habits and behaviors as they bond in new households with their newly adopted family.

We want to help you acclimate to a new pet and the possible changes you may experience while getting to know one another. Most often, pets adopted from shelters will have already received some vaccinations and if age appropriate, will have already been spayed or neutered. We can review any vaccination records you may have for your dog or cat and will also record the dates in our computer database and reminder system. You are encouraged to discuss with us any questions or concerns you may have about your pet’s health, behavior, weight management, mobility and more.

Rescue pets who find their way to new owners through different circumstances other than a shelter can also experience similar adjustment behaviors such as anxiety, loss of appetite, excessive licking or chewing, aggression toward other household pets or…the inverse, separation anxiety. Rescue pets may also have unknown or untreated health issues. By scheduling a comprehensive Wellness Exam, we can evaluate your new pet’s overall health as well as recommended the most appropriate vaccines, pet food, and flea, tick and heartworm prevention products.