It’s best to have a veterinarian or animal hospital before you get a pet. What happens at an animal hospital? South Florida PBS took a tour of Emerald Hills Animal Hospital to find out.
You may need to fill out some paperwork about your pet before you can see a veterinarian. Keep your pet constrained in some way while in the pet hospital waiting room. Dogs should be on leashes or, if they are small enough, in a carrier.
All other pets should be in carriers.
Pets and their owners then wait in an examination room for the vet. When the vet arrives, the pet is put on a table to help make it easier for the vet to thoroughly examine your pet. Large dogs need to climb onto a table that lifts like an elevator. Many dogs do not like this table, so you may need to hold on while your dog rides up and down.
Pet hospitals have separate rooms for operations. These rooms may also have diagnostic equipment like X-ray machines or ultrasounds. Each animal hospital is set up a little differently. Some animal hospitals offer grooming services like baths and hair and nail clipping.