Why is taking your pup to the vet so important?

Taking your pup to the vet regularly is essential at every stage in their lives whether they are young or older. When you first bring a puppy home, it is important that they go see a vet to get a special set of exams and vaccinations. As a dog grows older, they can develop illnesses and then will require special treatment. Regular dog checks at every stage of their life are very essential for their growth and development.

Your puppy’s first vet visit will involve a physical exam, deworming, stool samples and their shots. If you want to send your pup to doggy daycare, you will need a Distemper, Bordetella and Rabies shot up to date yearly. Your pup will have to return every few weeks for follow-up shots.

Tips for a Productive Veterinary Visit:

A trip to the vet can be a stressful experience for you and your pup. There are many smells, sounds and people that could scare them. Here are a few tips on how to make your pup’s visit to the vet more comfortable:

1. Play with your pet or walk them before arriving at the vet. This will help them to burn that nervous energy off. Some pups may get so nervous to the point where they pee.

2. If you have a small pup, take them to the vet in a carrier bag. This will help your dog feel at peace and be able to rest and relax while waiting to see the doctor. Throw in a blanket or toy that he or she is used to cuddling with. This will keep your pup calm.

3. Keep your pup in your lap or by your side in the vet office. Pet your pup frequently and talk to them gently letting them know everything is okay. When you get in the room, you can ask your vet if you can help hold your pup, so they aren’t as nervous.

4. Take your pup regularly to the vet to be weighed and checked out. If your vet sees your dog often, the better they will get to know everything about them. Your pup will also be more comfortable at the clinic too.

These are all tips that will help your pet to be very calm and relaxed. The vet should not be a scary place for your pet. It is a place with loving people who care about you and your pup.

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