How to handle your new puppy in the waiting room
To ensure your puppy's well-being, and so they can be controlled if required, it's best to keep your puppy on a leash. 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 behavior 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:
- Confirm the health of your puppy and make sure there aren't any issues that might affect their well-being
- Complete your puppy's health record, which is important to keep up to date
- Advise on any breed-specific behaviors to watch out for
- Offer advice on anti-flea and de-worming treatments
- Recommend a vaccination program best suited for your puppy and their lifestyle
- Advise the most appropriate diet based on your puppy's lifestyle and their surroundings
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 well-being of the puppy as they grow and develop.