Raising a puppy can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life, but, in many ways, it can also be one of the most challenging.
If you are raising a pup for the first time, there must be countless of questions running through your head. The first vet appointment is the perfect chance to get all your questions answered. This health professional has the knowledge to treat any existing ailments your pet may have and help you prevent many diseases, behavioral problems, and parasites that may plague your dog in the future. It truly pays to take the time to find a qualified yet friendly vet who is the perfect match for your furry friend. Establishing a solid relationship with a good vet right from the start is a vital step toward giving your pup the best chance at a wonderful life.
So, what to bring for your first checkup? Prepare the following:
1. All paperwork and health information from breeder or shelter.
2. A fresh stool sample to check for parasites.
3. A list of questions so you won’t forget any. Include the questions of other family members so they will get answers as well.
IMPORTANT: Since your puppy’s immunity against diseases is not yet like that of an adult dog, be sure to carry your puppy into the veterinary hospital, and don’t let him or her interact with other dogs.