We’d like to give a warm welcome to new clients who are interested in joining our veterinary community. On behalf of all of us here at Meridian Veterinary Hospital, we’re here to serve both you and your pet!
The following provides a general overview of what to expect during your first visit to our pet hospital. Rest assured we will be there to help you and your family member through each step. We provide this to you simply for insight before visiting our pet clinic for the first time. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to give us a call at (208) 888-3444.
When you first enter our animal hospital, we’ll welcome you warmly! You can begin checking in with our receptionist. Then, one of our highly-qualified veterinary technicians will come to greet you in the waiting room, which is separated conveniently for dogs and cats, ensuring the most comfortable experience possible. You can also enjoy complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate while you wait! We do ask that you have your dog leashed or in a carrier, and your cat in a carrier as well to ensure their safety while visiting.
If your pet is contagious or has behavioral problems related to humans or other pets, please let us know either when you first arrive or by calling ahead of your visit so we can make appropriate concessions to enhance your visit. If you would like assistance bringing your pet into the hospital, feel free to call the front desk upon arrival and someone will come out to assist you.
Soon, you’ll be brought to the exam room, where we will review a medical history of your pet and ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of the overall health and life stage of your pet. Please be prepared to share information regarding your pet’s health, behavior, medical history, vaccination history, eating/drinking habits, bathroom habits etc. Our veterinary staff will also weigh your pet and take their temperature to gain a baseline understanding of their current health.
When your veterinarian arrives, they’ll introduce themselves and you can express any questions, thoughts or concerns during your visit, so they can be sure to address each question completely. Your veterinarian will then perform a comprehensive examination including, but not limited to, checking eyes, nose, ears, teeth, and listening to the heart, etc. Your veterinarian will also check your pet’s abdomen, skin and coat for any irregularities. If any tests are required, a thorough treatment/diagnostic plan will be discussed. Most tests that are necessary can be done rapidly in our in-house laboratory, while other more extensive tests may be sent to our outside laboratory. If there are any concerns or recommendations, they’ll be explained to you clearly. Additionally, if you have any questions, we recommend asking before leaving your appointment.