Having a pet coming into your life could be one of the greatest experiences ever. We want to make sure that your new puppy visits a veterinarian once they’ve come into your home to ensure your puppy’s health and wellbeing is being taken care of. The veterinarian of your choosing will most likely be your pet’s veterinarian for the rest of their life, so it is helpful to do some research to see which veterinarian would work best for you. In this blog post, we will be covering in detail:
- How to travel with your pet on their first visit
- Arriving at the clinic with your puppy for the first time
- What to expect from the first vet appointment
#1: Travelling with Your Pet
When travelling in a car with your puppy for their very first visit to the vet, you want to make sure that they are safe and secure for the entire car ride. Supplying a dog carrier for your puppy will allow them to feel safe for the car ride. Having your puppy getting used to the carrier before travelling with them can help them feel comfortable during the car ride. This could reduce any negative experiences that the puppy may develop when travelling.
#2: Arriving at the Clinic
Your puppy’s first visit at the vet could be quite stressful for them, especially when the veterinarian of your choosing examines your puppy for the first time. We want to make sure to reduce this stressful experience by awarding positive behaviour with treats and gently handling the puppy.
#3: First Vet Appointment
Your puppy’s first visit to the vet will include:
A full physical exam
This involves thoroughly examining your puppy from head to tail. This will include checking their heart, lungs, skin and coat, eyes, mouth and much more. This will allow the vet to determine the wellbeing of your puppy.
The puppy will also receive their first vaccinations. These vaccinations are to ensure that your puppy does not get any diseases that can be vaccinated for. Remember it is much easier to prevent a disease than to cure it.
It is quite common for puppies to get all types of parasites including worms, fleas and ticks. The veterinarian will discuss what preventative measures can be taken. This could include giving monthly preventative medication and explaining how animals can get these parasites in the environment.
Your vet will give you advice on how to train your puppy and how to socialise them. It is always recommended to train your puppy with positive reinforcement. This involves giving a treat to your pet every time they do the desired behaviour such as sit down. An example of a great treat includes the “Puppy Lamb Treats – perfect for training.”
Your vet will give you recommendations on what to feed your puppy, how much to feed them and when you should be feeding them. This is all based on their breed, size and age.
Due to their rapid growth, you will need to feed them an energy rich food with all essential nutrients and vitamins your puppy requires. Your vet will educate you on what your puppy requires and will adjust your pet’s diet as they grow.
Over-feeding or under-feeding can lead to health problems in your pet. Discussing with your vet that you are feeding the correct diet is essential.
Providing treats along with a great diet is a great way to bond with your pet. “Lamb Ear Chews” and “Lamb Crunchies” (pictured below) treats are a very healthy treat to offer your puppy. Consult your vet to determine how much treats you should be giving along with the diet.
New Best Mate
Getting a puppy is a great addition to the family but we need to make sure to take them to the vet for the first time. Getting advice on improving their wellbeing will allow you and your pet to have a long and everlasting friendship.
About the Author
Alexander D.B. is a Veterinarian Student from UQ