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7 Questions to Ask Your Vet at the First Appointment

In America, 40% of people own a dog.

But, how many Americans are asking these vital questions when visiting the vet for the first ever time with their new pooch?

If you’re about to take your puppy to their first vet appointment, read on to learn the top seven questions your pup wants you to ask on their behalf.

Let’s take a look:

1. When Can my Puppy Meet New Friends?

Puppies need to learn how to interact with people and other dogs. You may be thinking, the sooner the better, right?

Well, this certainly isn’t the case. Your pup should be kept away from others dogs until it has all of its vaccinations. But, your vet is the best person to tell you when you should be socializing your dog.

Don’t make the mistake of introducing your dog to friend’s dog’s until you’ve had the all clear from the vet!

2. When Should my Puppy be “Fixed”?

Unless you’re planning to breed from your puppy, you’ll need to think about when it should be either spayed or neutered.

The most common time to do this operation is between six and nine months. However, if your pup is healthy, it could be fixed as young as nine months old.

3. How Can I Prevent Breed Related Disorders?

Whether you have a pug or a golden retriever, unfortunately, there are breed related disorders associated with all pedigree pooches.

Asking your vet how to keep such breed related disorders under control is responsible and can save your pet some long-term suffering.

4. What Should My Dog be Eating?

This question may be one that you feel is obvious. But, your vet could give you some insights into what your dog should be eating.

Are you feeding your pup the right levels of nutrients? Do you know everything they can’t eat? There are many foods which dogs are allergic to. A few popular foods that are bad for dogs include:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes
  • Caffeine

When you first bring your puppy home, make sure to check online before feeding it anything to ensure you’re not accidentally handing over poison as treats.

5. How Much Exercise Should My Dog Get?

Again, you may think that this question comes down to common sense. But, it is possible to over-exercise a young pup – even if they don’t ever appear to tire!

If you forget to ask your vet this question, then don’t worry. You can buy books which are all about your dog breed to help.

6. What Vaccinations Should my Puppy Have?

This is a vital question. Not getting the right vaccinations for your puppy is a mistake which could cost its life.

Your vet should very easily be able to lay out which vaccinations your dog needs and when.

7. When Should I Come Back to the Vet?

A very self-explanatory question but one which is also very important. We asked Dr. Ellen Colwell from¬†Sykesville Veterinary Clinic¬†this question, and she told us, “I recommend setting reminders on your phone so you don’t miss your vet appointment. Your pup can’t remind you after all, and rescheduling can be inconvenient!” Ok, sounds like a good tip!

Vet Appointment Questions Made Easy

If you forget these questions at your next vet appointment, don’t worry. You can easily call up to ask.

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