Puppy Care: What to Expect at First Visit to the Veterinarian

Puppy Care: What to Expect at the Veterinarian

Congratulations! You have a brand new adorable little puppy. There is a lot to providing proper puppy care;  including health wellness check-ups, training, house training, and numerous other things will need to be done to make your new puppy feel at home. The first and most important thing you need to do is call your veterinarian and schedule a vaccination and wellness check-up. Your puppy’s first visit to the animal hospital will set the groundwork for a lifetime of excellent health.

When to Take Your New Puppy for Their First Wellness Check-Up

The first and most important thing you need to do is call your veterinarian and schedule a wellness check-up. Your puppy’s first visit to the animal hospital will set the groundwork for a lifetime of excellent health. Most puppies are removed from their mother’s care between six and eight weeks old. This is the ideal time to take your puppy for their first check-up.

If your puppy is a purebred or had a previous owner be sure, you bring all their medical records to the pet hospital with you. The veterinarian will need to see if your puppy has had any of their vaccinations or any health problems.

Your Puppy’s First Visit to the Vet

Your puppy will most likely be nervous because he/she may be surrounded by domestic household pets. It is normal for your new puppy to be nervous. To help calm their nerves, you can place a favorite toy in the carrier with them and even bring a lightweight blanket (such as a baby’s receiving blanket) and place it over the top of the carrier if your puppy gets to nervous. In addition, you can hold the carrier on your lap or place it on the floor facing a way from the other animals and talk to your new puppy. The sound of your voice can be very comforting to your puppy.
After you fill out all the paperwork, you and your puppy will be called into an exam room. A vet technician may weigh and measure your puppy before the vet comes in the room.

You may have also been asked to bring in a fecal sample. This is to check for worms. A lot of puppies are born with roundworms and medication may be administered as part of their check-up or they may have you take home the medication and administer it there. During the exam, the vet will also check your puppy for fleas and ticks, then explain how important it is to protect him/her from them and discuss preventive medications.

The vet will do a complete exam including checking your puppy’s – level of alertness, hearing, vision, coat, skin, body, eyes, ears and mouth. The vet will also check you puppy’s teeth to see if he/she needs to see the pet dentist or have an animal teeth cleaning done. Keeping your puppy’s teeth in good condition is a high priority. Your puppy will also begin their round of vaccinations, which include hepatitis, distemper, rabies, and Parvovirus. There are more vaccinations that are safe and beneficial for your new puppy’s health, ask the vet for more information about the other vaccines and about the intervals for the vaccinations and booster shots.

The vet will also inform you about the advantages of microchips, pet grooming, (dog grooming/cat grooming) and pet boarding. To setup a first visit to the vet for your puppy call University Animal Hospital at (212) 288-8884 today!

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