Regardless of its age, the first trip to the vet allows a doctor to analyze your furry friend’s medical history and physical shape. If you’re unsure of what to ask your vet on the first visit, try to get a sense of what the appointment will include.
If you’re wondering “When should a puppy first see a vet?” or “When should a kitten first see a vet?” the answer is usually within the first few weeks of their life. At the first appointment, you and the veterinarian can determine the best plan of action depending on your lifestyle and the pet’s needs.
Similar to humans, baby animals don’t build immunity to certain diseases and infections right away. Depending on the species and breed, city requirements, and personal preferences, your vet might recommend certain vaccines to prevent future sicknesses, such as ringworm or rabies. Fecal analysis and blood tests may be the preferred form of testing for any disease. Other factors, such as posture, joint movements, respiratory rate, and overall body condition are taken into consideration as well. It could be a good idea to spay or neuter the animal, but your vet can determine a good time to schedule the procedure depending on the pet’s age.
When it comes to puppies and kittens, it could be beneficial to discuss their vaccine schedule, insurance plans, socialization, and training strategies with the veterinarian in order to prevent issues in their adult life.
At Manhattan Animal Clinic, we provide the best medical care for your pet with the best veterinary team around. We will give your companion a comprehensive, stress-free exam (and use lots of positive reinforcement). Be ready to ask our veterinarian lots of questions. Our attention is all yours.
As your appointment approaches, you’ll receive an email with a few things to bring to make the most of your comprehensive exam. If you have a high-energy pup, a long walk before their visit never hurts!
Feel great knowing that you have given your furry friend the highest quality of pet care! Rest assured knowing that you have a skilled team that will always be there for you and your pet.
Here is what you need to know about your pet’s first visit:
Your Pet’s First Visit will include:
- Dental Check
- Skin, Ears, Eyes, & Heart Check
- Current Record Review & Health Plan
- External Parasite Exam & Consultation
- Diet and Nutrition Consultation