Puppy’s first checkup: How to make your dog’s first visit to the vet be less of a hassle
Your dog is home for the first time, and you’ve done everything right. You’ve stocked up on the best food for your pup, you bought lots of toys to keep them busy, and you’ve pet-proofed the entire place to make sure the little one does not end up stuck under the furniture.
Congratulations! Now there’s only one more obstacle to overcome: the first visit to the vet. While the situation can seem a bit intimidating at first, you need to keep in mind this is a routine process that the doctors at the dyreklinikk are doing multiple times a day, and there’s almost never a problem.
Still, to help you find some peace of mind, we have put together this list of simple tips you can follow to make your pup’s first visit to the vet a success.
Schedule the visit early in the morning
If you want to get things out of the way as fast as possible, don’t wait up to schedule your pet’s first vet appointment. If we are talking about a little pup that did not get their first vaccines, keep in mind that you would want to keep them away from other pets until they are fully protected. Viruses can get transmitted very fast, and your pup’s immunity system may not be ready to fight them just yet.
This is why it is best that you schedule your appointment to the dyreklinikk nittedal early in the morning when there are fewer patients waiting and delays are less likely to happen.
Bring the right stuff with you
While there is not much you can do for your pet’s first checkup, if you get a bit organized you can help the appointment run smoothly and get out of there as soon as possible.
If your dog is adopted, bring the adoption documents you received from the shelter. This will aid your veterinarian in learning about your pet’s medical history and which immunizations he or she may require. Make sure to also provide a list of any medications or supplements your pet is taking, as well as how often they are taken and the food you feed them. If you have any questions write the down before the appointment to make sure you do not forget anything.
Make your pet feel comfortable
If there is one treat your dog likes, make sure to bring some with you and ask the vet to give some to your dog during the appointment. This will help them bound and will make your dog trust the vet more. If you know you may be feeling uneasy during the appointment, it’s best that you leave the room. Dogs pick up on people’s anxiety quite fast, especially if it’s their owner we are talking about here.
Once you are back home from the veterinær nittedal, do something fun with your pet to make them understand they did an amazing job, and they should get rewarded for it. Consider doing something special that only happens when they have been extra good so that your dog learns to associate that with the visit to the vet.