PUPPY FIRST VISIT
Puppy’s First Vet Visit: What to Expect?
Your puppy is a bundle of energy and joy, and you want to keep it that way. That’s why you need to take your new family member to see a trusted and experienced veterinarian. At Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital, we’ll ensure your puppy has all the vaccinations and treatments it needs to stay strong and grow into a healthy, happy dog. We serve humans and their puppies from anywhere in the GTA.
Contact Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital today to book an appointment for your new little companion.
WHEN TO TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO SEE A VETERINARIAN
Chances are, you’ve adopted a puppy about 8 to 12 weeks old that’s already been to a vet for deworming and a general check. However, try to book a vet visit as soon as possible, as this is a critical age of development. After an initial visit, return to the vet clinic every two to four weeks.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A PUPPY’S FIRST VET VISIT
First, a veterinarian will conduct a physical examination, including:
PUPPY VACCINATION SCHEDULE
The vet will begin administering vaccinations to protect your puppy from viruses, parasites, and diseases. The timing of the vaccines is essential, so a Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital vet can help you schedule the shots. Also, during this time, your vet will administer heartworm-prevention medication.
MICROCHIPPING YOUR PUPPY
A microchip is injected under the skin between your puppy’s shoulder blades. It has a unique identification number that a scanner can read. If your dog runs away or gets lost and is turned in to animal control authorities or a vet’s office, they can scan the chip and contact you. Microchips aren’t mandatory but highly recommended.
Puppies are vulnerable to parasites such as ticks and fleas, which can carry fatal diseases. Your vet can prescribe the best flea and tick prevention medicine for your puppy, which you can begin administering at around two months of age.
SPAY AND NEUTER
Spay and neuter procedures prevent unwanted pregnancies and can decrease aggressive behaviours down the road. It also reduces the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. You can have your puppy spayed or neutered when it reaches around six months old.
TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO ITS FIRST VET VISIT IN SCARBOROUGH
At Bellamy-Lawrence Animal Hospital, we’ll ensure your puppy is healthy and ready to take on the world. We’re located in Scarborough and serve clients across the GTA. Book a first vet visit today to establish a trusting, caring relationship between your puppy and a vet.