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How To Prepare for Your Puppy’s First Vet Visit

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting experience, but it also comes with important responsibilities. Among the essential tasks is scheduling your puppy’s first vet visit. Here's how to prepare for that crucial appointment to ensure your puppy starts off on the right paw.

Bring Your Puppy’s Records

When you take your puppy to their first vet visit, bring all their health records. Whether you adopted your puppy from a shelter or bought from a breeder, you'll need any paperwork related to their health, including vaccination records and health history. These documents help your veterinarian understand what care your puppy has already received and what is still needed, avoiding unnecessary repeat treatments.

What to Expect During the First Vet Visit

At your puppy’s first vet visit, the veterinarian will conduct a thorough head-to-toe examination to check for any health concerns and congenital issues like heart murmurs or hip dysplasia. Here’s what typically happens:

  1. Weighing and Temperature Check: Your puppy will be weighed, and their temperature will be taken to establish a health baseline.

  2. Comprehensive Physical Exam: The vet will examine your puppy from head to tail to ensure everything looks healthy.

  3. Review of Health Records: Any vaccinations your puppy has received will be reviewed, and a vaccination schedule will be created.

  4. Stool Sample Collection: A stool sample will be taken to check for common parasites like roundworms and hookworms. Deworming medication will be given, even if the stool sample is negative, to cover any undetected parasites.

  5. Blood Sample (if applicable): For puppies six months or older, a blood sample will be taken to test for heartworm disease.

  6. Discussion of Diet and Preventatives: Your vet will recommend appropriate diets and discuss flea, tick, and heartworm prevention to keep your puppy healthy.

Creating a Health Plan

Your veterinarian will help you create a health plan tailored to your puppy’s needs. This plan includes vaccination schedules, deworming treatments, and discussions on spaying or neutering. Spaying or neutering is advised to prevent certain health issues and unwanted behaviors. Additionally, microchipping can be discussed and often performed at the same time as the spay or neuter surgery.

Cost of the First Vet Visit

The first vet visit can be more expensive due to the comprehensive nature of the check-up. The cost typically ranges from $40 to $65 for the exam, with additional costs for vaccines, diagnostic tests, and medications. Expect to spend around $300 to $350 for this initial visit. Discussing pet insurance with your vet can help manage future healthcare costs.

When to Visit the Vet Immediately

Puppies have developing immune systems, making them more susceptible to illnesses. It’s crucial to call your vet if your puppy shows signs of sickness, such as:

  • Yellow or green eye and nose discharge

  • Coughing

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Visible worms in stool

  • Lethargy

  • Pale or dry gums

  • Decreased appetite

  • Excessive itching or hair loss

  • Seizures

Early intervention can prevent minor issues from becoming serious health problems.

Preparing for your puppy’s first vet visit ensures they receive the best start in life. For all your puppy care needs, visit to find supplies and products to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Dog at the vet
Dog at the vet


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