How to Prepare for Your Puppy's First Visit to the Vet
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Learn how to prepare for your puppy's first Vet visit! In this episode we explain what to expect at your puppy's first visit to the veterinarian, what documents you should bring, and what topics your veterinarian may discuss with you. VetVid: Good advice for healthier pets.


Dr. Mike Ontiveros: Hello I am Dr. Mike. Today we are going to talk about the importance of your puppy’s first visit to the veterinarian. We will discuss what to expect, what documents you should bring, what topics your veterinarian may discuss with you. To learn more, we’re going to meet with Dr. Ryan Bloeser, a veterinarian in Capistrano Beach, California. Dr. Ryan Bloeser: On the first visit to the vet, the owner of the puppy should bring a good fecal sample representative maybe one that was passed that day, any history on vaccines that they had been given, history on deworming, any medications that the puppies currently on and any list of questions that they might have about the breed itself. Topics that the veterinarian should discuss with the owner would be diet, making sure they are on an appropriate diet for a puppy at this age. That they know roughly when that should start to change to an adult diet and the quantity how much they’re feeding at a time and how often. Questions about the vaccine status and how often we do vaccines and for how long and what we’re covering those puppies for. Certainly flee and tick control making sure that they are covering the animal for the appropriate parasites that are in their area. This ticks, heartworms this big one here. I would be wanting to know whether they are planning on doing any training with the puppy and whether they are prepared for what’s to come in this breed. Products, supplements things like dietary supplement vitamins. The first puppy visit, the veterinarian should be looking for things like any congenital defects, for instance dentition and palate defects, any irregularities with the oral cavity. We like to look at their eyes and ears. We look down to the ears to make sure there’s no excessive amount of gunk in there or evidence of ear mites. We have a feel of their little lymphnodes underneath their neck to see that there isn’t any swellings there. We look for any umbilical hernias or abdominal defects, anything that’s obvious and which are common in puppies. And we listen to the heart and lungs to make sure there isn’t any evidence of a respiratory infection, but certainly more importantly that heart murmurs that we can pick up on in young puppies. Any conformational defects, anything that looks like lameness or obvious abnormality in the way the puppy moves at the exam. Vaccine series in puppies is important because we are basically covering them during the period when their owning system is a disadvantage. It’s during that time that you also want to avoid any major contact with other animals that you don’t know the vaccine history of or don’t know the current health status of. Puppies needs to be dewormed because one, as puppies they have their nose to the ground all the time and they’re constantly picking things up and licking and chewing things which adult dogs won’t be doing quite as much. So they’re just exposed more to a lot of the parasites that we see. As puppies they can be born with certain parasites. Even just in the litter amongst them in an environment where they’ve been reared you’re going to have higher loads of parasites often times. So it’s routine for us to do a basic deworming mostly to discover for those basis and we also check the stool to make sure that there’s nothing beyond the scope of that might be there too. Dr. Mike Ontiveros: Dr. Ryan gave us an overview of your puppy’s first visit. Remember the importance of a thorough physical exam, proper vaccine protocols, and parasitic control. I’m Dr. Mike and thanks for watching!