What To Know Before Taking Your Pet To Their First Veterinary Visit
A helpful resource that will help you through your first trip to the vet.
When you rescue a new pet, there are several things that you must first do before bringing them into your home. For instance, pet proof your home if have never housed an animal before, communicate with your family the different responsibilities of pet care, and any other tasks that will help make your pets move as smooth and easy as possible.
However, perhaps the most important thing that you should always do after adopting a pet and preparing to take them home is to start by scheduling their first routine veterinary visit.
While many animal shelters and rescue centers will often bring a pet up to date on vital vaccinations that they may be missing as soon as they are rescued, it is still important for your family to undergo their own vet visit with your new pet when you first bring them into your home. This is because they still may be missing other vaccinations that are needed annually and just generally need an overall health checkup before settling into their new forever home.
To help you get prepared for your very first vet visit with your new pet, here are a few things that you should know before your appointment to make sure everything goes smoothly:
Bring In All Past Records And Paperwork
When a pet is first rescued and brought into an animal shelter, the volunteers often will check to see if the pet has received any of their major vaccinations (rabies, distemper, hepatitis, etc.) and if they are spayed/neutered. All of this paperwork, along with any past health records that the animal shelter may have on file for your pet, should all be taken to your vet for review during pets first check up.
Once your vet has all of your pet’s past information, they can file it into their computer system so your new furry friend will have a thorough history and can get up to date with any important vaccinations that they may have missed out on already.
Take The Process Slowly
Every pet will have their own reaction to going to the vet. Some enjoy the process and love visiting with the other animals in the waiting room, while others will use every effort possible to avoid having to walk through those scary doors. If you are unaware of how your new pet is going to handle the vet office, be sure to take the process slowly. Bring a crate for small dogs, puppies or cats so that they can choose to stay safely inside of it or ease their way out once they become comfortable. For larger dogs, always keep them on a leash and train them to sit and stay while they are in the waiting room. Also, treating them with their favorite snacks can be an incredible way to teach them the vet is fun & rewarding!
Bring A List Of Questions For Your Vet
It is only natural for a new pet owner to have a list of question for their vet. Therefore, be sure to write down your questions ahead of time so that you can be thorough when talking with your vet and make sure that you do not forget any important questions. For instance, if you notice any strange behaviors or physical abnormalities with your pet, bring these up at your first vet visit. Also ask about any monthly medications that they may have to take, such as heartworm medicine or flea medicine, to make sure you fully understand how to administer it to your pet.
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