Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time for any family. But before you can begin to enjoy all of the new adventures that come with having a pet, your pup will need to make a trip to the veterinarian for their first check-up, aka, the first puppy vet visit. This can be a little nerve-wracking for both you and your pet, but don't worry - we're here to help! In this blog post, we'll discuss what to expect at your puppy's first vet visit and how you can prepare yourself and your furry friend for a successful puppy first vet visit.
The big question begs to be answered; what can you expect at your puppy's first vet visit? If you've had an unruly pet in the past, you may expect pandemonium and naturally want to avoid the vet. Don't! It's a good idea to get your dog "used to" visiting the vet from an early age. The sooner you desensitise your pup from the stresses of vet visits, the better.
First of all, the vet will want to get to know your pup and learn a little bit about their medical history. You'll be asked questions about when your puppy was born, if they've been vaccinated, and if they've had any previous medical problems. The vet will also take some time to examine your pup from nose to tail, checking for any signs of illness or injury. They may also run some tests, such as a heartworm test or a fecal exam, to make sure that your puppy is healthy and free of parasites.
After the examination is complete, the vet will go over their findings with you and answer any questions that you may have. They may also give you some advice on how to care for your puppy and what to expect as they grow and develop. Puppyhood is a vital time for your pet, and the vet will want to make sure that you're doing everything you can to help them stay healthy and happy.
Puppy First Vet Visit Checklist
Preparing for your puppy's first vet visit doesn't have to be stressful - just use this checklist to make sure that you have everything you need before you go.
- Your puppy's vaccination records
- A list of any questions or concerns that you have about your pup's health
- Your puppy's favorite toy or blanket (to help them feel comfortable in the unfamiliar surroundings)
Information to Ask of Your Vet
There are things you need to ask your vet when attending your first puppy vet visit as follows:
- A list of vaccinations required and when you should return for them
- Nutrition/feeding advice
- Development information for your specific breed
- Health conditions that target your specific breed
Now that you know what to expect at your puppy's first vet visit, you can relax and enjoy all of the new adventures that come with having a pet!