What To Expect on Your Puppy’s First Vet Visit

Taking your puppy to the vet for the first time sounds like a scary situation. In truth, it just seems scarier than it actually is! Your puppy may not be too happy to go into the vet’s office for a health evaluation but it’s crucial that you do so.

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If you’re a first-time puppy parent, here are a few key things you should expect on your pup’s vet visit:

  1. Age. You should take your puppy to the vet when they are between the ages of 6 to 8 weeks. You can push off the date until they’re 10 weeks old but the longer you wait, the more at risk your puppy is for potential illnesses. 
  2. Paperwork. Some breeders may start vaccinating their puppies before they head off home, such as the breeder partners our Petland team works with. If this is the case with your puppy, make sure to bring the right paperwork for your vet visit.
  3. Vaccination schedule. Since it’s your puppy’s first year, you will need to take them to the vet a couple of times a year so they can have their shots. Your puppy should receive their first set of vaccinations at around 6 to 8 weeks old. After that, they should receive their other required vaccinations every 2 to 4 weeks until they are around 14 to 16 weeks of age. 
  4. Type of vaccinations. Puppies are recommended 4 core vaccines to protect them, including distemper, canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus, and rabies. In many states, the rabies vaccine is required by law. Be sure to check with the laws in your state to see what other vaccines are required for your furry friend.
  5. Ask questions. Your veterinarian is your guide when it comes to your puppy’s health. They would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have during the entire process and may recommend other vaccines for your puppy. Don’t hesitate to ask your vet about anything related to your pup’s health and happiness. And of course, be sure to stay calm during your visit, your puppy may be able to feel your anxiety!

Vet visits can be intimidating but are usually done quickly. What’s important is making sure your puppy gets their required shots so that they can continue growing into happy dogs! Don’t forget to keep your puppy on a leash while you’re in the vet’s office as your puppy may become excited and run around. We hope you and your puppy have a successful first vet visit!

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