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Someone has said it correctly, “There is always a first time to everything”. And, that first time to anything brings, excitement, nervousness, joy and restlessness, all at once. The pet parents of newly adopted pups must be facing the same excitement when it’s time for the first vet visit of their puppy.

It is advised by the veterinarian to all the first timers to bring two things along with them. The first is the health record of the pup including the vaccination records (The records given by the adoption agency or from wherever you got the pup). The second is fresh stool for parasite examination. You may have many questions to ask and while clearing your doubts, the vet would be doing the following things!

Here is a list of what you might see at your pet’s first visit to the vet! Your vet will…

  • Check your pup’s weight and temperature. The temperature must be around 100-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit to be considered normal. He will also check the pulse rate and breathing rate.
  • You may feel like “What is he doing? Is he hurting my pooch?!” Don’t panic if your vet is pressing your pup’s belly or palpating. He is just examining the internal organs by feeling them.
  • Look into his ears and ensure that they look and smell right. He may also check for flea or tick infestation near the ears.
  • Give a good peek in your furry little friend’s eyes. He will check if there is no redness on the white area and that there are no signs of infection. May check his nose to see there is no discharge and is free from the parasites.
  • Will check the pup’s genitals to check whether the testicles are fine if he is a male and there is no discharge or infection if female. The vet will also check the anal region for signs of diseases or infection.
  • Open your pup’s mouth to check his teeth, gums and overall oral condition. The gums should be pink, neither red, nor white.

This is how your puppy will be examined on the first visit to vet. After thorough checkup, he may start asking you questions, or talk to you about the pup’s health. This is the time when you can ask as many questions as you want to clear all your doubts. Find the solutions of your queries about vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, worming schedule, heartwormers, dental care, etc.

In all, the first visit of your pet to the vet will be informational and enjoyable. If you are parenting a pooch for the first time, then this experience will be completely fresh and you may need to pay more attention. This may become a fun session for you, so take an appointment now and enjoy your first visit to vet with your puppy!


Jesse McDaniel is an animal activist that raises concerns and spreads awareness regarding pet health issues. She is also a self-proclaimed pet lover who tends to support many pet shelters, assisting them with supplies and medical aid on a regular basis.