New Pet Owners


Congratulations on your decision to bring a pet into your home.  Studies have shown that pets are actually good for our health and they can bring much joy to your life.

When you adopt a pet ideally you should get some of the food that the pet is used to eating.   Coming into a new household can be stressful for your furry friend even in a good stress sort of a way.  To limit stress and gastrointestinal issues, it is nice to initially feed them what they are used to eating.  We sell Royal Canin brand foods or there are many other high quality pet foods on the market that are also fine to use.  Switch over to a new food over the course of a week.  For the first couple of days feed the old food, then for the next couple of days feed 75% of the old food and 25% of the new bag, then 50/50, then 75/25 and then switch completely to what you plan on using, this should minimize stress to your new friend.

When you bring your new pet in to see us for the first time, please bring any paperwork that came with your pet.  Our pet veterinarians are mostly interested in the vaccine history and any previous medical conditions.  It is also a good idea to bring in a small fecal sample that is within 24 hours old that we can check for internal parasites.  Covered in cat litter is perfectly fine.

New Pet Veterinary Exam

Check List for the Vet:

  • Any past vaccinations and when given
  • any past fecal exam results
  • any past wormings, with what, and when
  • DOB, breed, sex of pet
  • Sales contract
  • current diet
  • list of current questions and concerns


November, 2012
Judy Beier, Fairfield, CT

“Greenfield Animal Hospital is a warm and caring place. Doctors Marsh and Sackler are updated on all of the new medical information. They are patient and kind. Dr. Marsh spent an hour with me…counseling me on how to handle a problem we were having introducing a 2nd puppy into our home. The office is sparkling clean and the entire staff is friendly and helpful. If you have an emergency or even just an urgent concern, they will see you immediately. We are proud to entrust our beloved pugs’ care to Greenfield Animal Hospital.”