Have your doggy had its first vet visit? Or schedule your puppy’s veterinary examination yet? No one loves your doggy as much as you do. Part of that love is making sure they get the best veterinary care possible.It is your responsibility as doggy parents to keep your puppy/doggy in tiptop shape, and your veterinarian will be able to help establish the guidelines to success. You can help the vet deliver it when you prepare for routine checkups, know when there’s an emergency, and follow up after your doggy gets care.
Things To Do Before The First Visit.
Prep your doggy for car travel. Properly restrain your doggy in your car by placing him in a crate. If your doggy enjoys traveling in a vehicle, going to the VET is much easier and smoother.
The first visit should not be clinical, but rather a fun introduction to a new place. When scheduling your first visit, tell the receptionist that you want to introduce your dog to the veterinary clinic before his appointment and ask if you can drop in when the clinic is least busy.
While in the clinic, have your doggy on a short leash to keep him close to you. Place nervous doggys inside a crate to limit his interaction with other animals and to make him feel secure.
Prep your doggy’s medical history and relevant paperwork from the breeder, shelter, rescue organization, or store from which the doggy was purchased.
What Happens During The First Visit?
Vet takes your doggys temperature
Vet listens to heart and lungs
Vet examines eyes, ears, nose, feet, and genitalia
Vet examines skin and coat
Vet looks at teeth and mouth
Vet weigh the doggy
Vet will discuss the doggys history and any questions about it.
When there are home medications or treatments, make sure that you understand when and how they are to be given. Follow directions and set up a schedule for follow-up visits.
What Questions to Ask Your Vet?
Oral hygiene, including best methods for tooth brushing, appropriate chew or dental toys or supplements.
Possible health issues based on breed concerns
After the first visit, you might only need to schedule the next checkup. If your doggy has a health condition or has had an emergency, your vet can tell you what signs to watch for and when to call with any symptoms. Your vet will also show you how to give any medications your pal needs. Make sure you return for any recommended follow-up appointments.
Raising a doggy can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have in your life. It can also be one of the most terrifying. Establishing a solid relationship with your doggy’s vet right from the get go is an important step toward giving your doggy the best chance at a healthy and happy life.