After finding your ideal puppy, it is important that you make an appointment with a vet. A puppy has an immature immune system and is especially prone to illness and disease. Early immunizations will provide protection from infectious diseases and ensure the well-being of your pup.
A first visit to the vet can be a little overwhelming for the pup, and you may feel a little tense about it. This easy guide will give you some hints on what to expect from that first visit and how to make things go smoothly.
Travelling To The Vet
When going to the vet, your puppy should be securely restrained in a dog carrier or crate that is suitable for their size.
Don't assume that when your puppy experiences all the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and scents at the clinic, you will be able to hold that wriggling bundle in your arms. Puppies should, at the very least, always be on a leash or harness for control.
Make sure you spend some time getting your puppy used to riding in the car. It's crucial to prevent your puppy from developing an association between a ride in the car and seeing the vet.
Puppies are highly perceptive to their environment and an unfavourable experience will have a lasting impact.
It's advisable to avoid feeding your puppy right before getting in the car because of potential car sickness.
Understanding The Examination Process
The vet will examine your pup's complete physical system, both internally and externally. As soon as you enter the consultation room, the vet will start by analyzing the pup's stride and walking style.
They will then examine their lips, ears, and eyes for any anomalies like unexpected odours or discharge.
In addition to grading your pup's teeth, there is a comprehensive dental and oral checkup. The vet will then use a stethoscope to carefully listen to your dog's heart and lungs while checking its chest.
After that comes an examination of your pup's skin for lumps, pimples, inflammation, dryness, itching, and parasites.
The genitals and rectal region of your puppy are examined for parasites. The vet will check to see if this area is clean and will take a rectal temperature because fleas and worm infestations can lurk here.
Discussing Pet Care Issues
You'll want to have all your questions ready, but the vet is also likely to go over several significant dog care issues with you, including:
- Reproductive health, including the advantages and risks of spaying and neutering
- Dental care
- Grooming needs
- Flea, tick, heartworm, and internal parasite control
- Vaccination schedules
Contact your vet for more information.