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Your puppy’s first visit to the vet – here’s what to keep in mind

Your dog sees you as the most important person in their life, which means they rely on you to make their first vet experience as enjoyable as possible. It is completely normal for a young pup to become anxious when you take them to the vet, but these visits are paramount for keeping your dog in good health. In time, your dog will start to get used to these regular visits to the vet, but there are some things you can do to help them adjust, and it’s better to do so from the very first visit.

The way you act before, during, and after the trip to the vet will influence your dog’s experience, so here’s how you can help your pup.

Before the visit

Since it will be your pup’s first visit to the veterinær and they don’t have their vaccination scheme complete yet, it is advised to schedule the appointment early in the morning, so that the pup does not come in contact with too many other dogs. This will help keep them protected and also ease off the pup’s anxiety in a new and strange environment.

If the dog is not accustomed to car travel, take him or her on a few car rides to a nice location, such as the park, before the big day, so that they don’t associate car rides with the vet.

Make sure to keep your dog on a leash, even if you are planning on holding him or her so that if they try to jump out of your arms, you can still have control.

During the visit

Since it’s the dog’s first visit, the vet will carry out a complete examination, meaning they will weight your dog, ask you a bunch of questions about the pup’s history, and whether they have had any vaccinations before. Bring along any paperwork you have for the dog, as it can help you vet get all the information they need.

If the pup starts to feel anxious while in the dyreklinikk, try not to be overly sympathetic, as it will do nothing but reinforce their bad behavior. Be firm, yet calm and try to get your pup’s attention while the doctor continues their checkup. Your dog will need you to comfort them, so talk to him or her all the time and reassure them nothing bad is happening. 

After the visit

If the pup behaved well, don’t hesitate to give them a treat to reward their good behavior. Get a few of their favorite treats and give them to the dog as soon as you leave the clinic so that they understand they’ve been a good pup.

Don’t forget to schedule the next checkup as well. Typically, if it’s their first appointment and vaccine, the next one should happen 2-4 weeks after, but it depends on the vet. Ask any questions you may be having, and the vet will be more than happy to answer them. They will also tell you what signs to watch for, in case the pup develops a special health condition or has a predisposition to one.

 

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