Your puppy's first visit to the vet
Choosing a vet for your puppy
Selecting a vet before your new puppy arrives can ensure their wellbeing is taken care of immediately. If you don’t already have a vet there are a number of places you can look. Friends and family may be able to recommend a vet they use, however, if you’re choosing a new veterinary practice, there are things you should consider:
Preparing for your visit to the vet
In order to thoroughly assess the health of your dog and give tailored advice, your vet will need as much information as possible. Before the consultation there are a number of key things to note down:
Traveling to the vet with your new puppy
Your puppy should be safely secured in the car when traveling to the vet, in a dog carrier or a crate that is appropriate for their size. Dogs can develop motion sickness, so it's best not to feed your puppy immediately before traveling in the car.
To help reduce stress make sure you spend some time getting your puppy used to travelling in the car outside of visits to the vet. Puppies are very receptive to their environment and negative experiences will have a lasting effect so it’s important that your puppy doesn't come to associate the car with going to the vet.
To ensure your puppy's wellbeing, and so they can be controlled if required, it's best to keep your puppy on a lead. Waiting rooms can be busy places, so be mindful of other pets, especially cats.
Making your puppy comfortable on the examination table
Health examinations can be stressful. Try and keep the experience as positive as possible for your puppy. If your puppy is food motivated, using treats to reward calm behaviour can make the experience on the examination table more positive and help with future visits.
What to expect at your puppy's first appointment at the vet
Your puppy’s first visit to the vet is an in-depth examination rather than just a simple consultation. By the end of the appointment your vet will be able to:
Microchipping your new puppy
If your new puppy is not yet microchipped then take your first visit to the vet as an opportunity to do so. Microchipping is a quick, safe and effective way to identify dogs.
Your puppy's first visit to the vet doesn't need to be a negative experience. Taking the time to choose a vet you trust will ensure the wellbeing of the puppy as they grow and develop.