5 Things to Know Before a Puppy's First Vet Visit
Updated On: Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:30:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
You’ve just brought home a new fur baby, and you’re all ready to provide the perfect fur-ever home for your new pup! Now what? It’s easy to get distracted with puppy brain.That’s why we’ve put together a list of five things that you should keep in mind before taking your pooch to their very first vet visit.
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Be prepared for your new fur baby’s first vet visit by bringing all documents you received when adopting your pup. Even if you’re not sure of something, those important papers may contain the answer that your vet is looking for. These documents typically contain basic info such as whether any vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, or other medical procedures have already been performed.
The Spay/Neuter Question
While most shelters spay and neuter their animals before they’re adopted out, a traditional rescue isn’t where everyone finds their new fur baby. If your pup hasn’t been spayed or neutered yet, be sure to discuss the procedure with your vet to figure out next steps and what to expect during recovery.
If your furry one has yet to get their vaccines, the vet will likely expect you to sign off on a few basic vaccines such as ones that protect against rabies, parvo, and distemper. In addition, they might ask about flea and tick prevention. Whether or not you decide to go for the vaccines on your pup’s first vet visit, you’ll need an indoor dog bathroom to protect them from outside dangers until they’re a little bit older. A real grass pet potty like DoggieLawn keeps puppies safe and sound till they’ve completed their vaccine schedule!
A new pet brings new responsibilities. Speak with your vet about important milestones that will require a return to the vet such as vaccine schedules, teeth cleanings, check-ups, and more. If taking home medications, be clear on how often and when the meds should be given as well as if they need to be taken with a meal. You may want to inquire about potential side effects to keep an eye out for, too, before you head out the door.
Cost of Care
Prevent unneeded stress by setting aside some funds for treatment. Knowing whether or not your pup has been spayed or neutered, is up to date on vaccines, and has been treated with flea and tick prevention will give you a better sense of how much you might need to dish out on your first trip. Wondering how to get your questions answered without making yet another trip to the vet? Consider using a telehealth vet service like AskVet!
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