A new puppy in the home can prompt a lot of questions, especially if you are a new pet owner. Between puppy training and puppy socialization, there are quite a few new experiences for you and your furry friend. Naturally, every pet owner wants a successful and positive puppy first vet visit, but it can be hard to know what to ask or even what to expect. Preparation is an essential tool for every pet owner. We sat down with on-site Trupanion veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen, to know what to expect at a puppy’s first vet visit and essential tips for a seamless experience for the entire family.
Puppy first vet visit: questions for pet owners to ask
What to expect at a puppy’s first vet visit
One of the biggest stressors for a new pet owner is not knowing what to expect at your puppy’s first vet visit. Naturally, it is stressful for the puppy as well as the pet owner and you never know how your pet might react to the new environment.
Instead, rest your nerves, The guidance, expertise, and insight of your pet’s veterinary staff can put you on the path to success. “You should expect your new puppy to get a full physical examination, vaccine updates, dewormed, discuss diet, test the feces for parasites, discuss spaying/neutering, and start on flea prevention,” says on-site Trupanion veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen.
How often should you visit the vet when you have a puppy?
As a new puppy owner, new veterinary appointments and commitments will shift as you figure out what is needed for the growth of your pup. Fortunately, after you have an initial first visit, your pets veterinary staff can help set the expectations of your puppy’s appointments. “Your veterinarian will likely give you a vaccine schedule for when your new puppy or kitten is due for their next vaccine,” points out Halvorsen. Certainly, feel free to check in with the medical staff if you have any questions or concerns.
Halvorsen weighs in on the questions to ask and topics to discuss on the first veterinary exam –
Also, if this is your first puppy, don’t hesitate to ask questions. While this is a whole new experience for your puppy, it also is a new experience for the entire family. Further, have patience as everyone learns to grow and adapt to the newest member of the family.
Essential new puppy owner tips
Bringing home a new puppy is a big commitment. Also, there are many different factors to take into consideration when choosing the best puppy for your home. For example, “It may be beneficial to research the breed prior to adopting, match the dog breed to your lifestyle, yard size, and energy level,” says Halvorsen.
While a puppy is a wonderful addition to any home, it takes time and patience from all members of the household. Certainly, make sure your puppy has a comfortable space to learn and grow, and ensure they are properly socialized with all members of the family.
Puppy first vet visit: new experiences for the entire family
From the first time you bring your new puppy home, is a time for learning for the entire family. By staying on track with veterinary appointments and following the guidance of the veterinary medical staff, your puppy will become a part of the family in no time at all.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.