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When Should You Introduce Your Dog To The Vet

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Patrick Miles, DVM is owner and veterinarian at Priceless Pet Clinic in Normandy Park WA. He has worked in emergency medicine since graduating veterinary school and spent seven years working at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services.

When should you introduce your dog to the vet?

One recommendation we would have for any client with a new pet would be to just simply bring in their pet to get a feel for the clinic before their first exam. Whether that is just simply to come in to become familiar with the surroundings, to simply get a weight on your pet. Just for them to get a feel for what is going on in the clinic, what may be expected of them when they come in. Versus the first time they are coming in, they are coming in to get shots, or they are coming in because they are sick. It is just a good idea to get them as comfortable as they can with the surroundings prior to coming in for their first exam.


What should you know about meeting a vet with your dog?

You should meet your vet as soon as possible. You want to make sure that the visit is a positive and fun experience for both of you. Bring lots of treats and have your dog say hi to as many people as he is comfortable with. Do this couple of times so that your dog is not afraid to go to the vet.

Questions you should ask your vet on the first visit:

  1. Is My Pet at a Healthy Weight?
  2. Could I be providing a more appropriate food?
  3. Is That [Insert Odd Behavior Here] Normal?
  4. Is My Pet Up to Date on Shots?
  5. Does My Pet Need a Dental Cleaning?
  6. Does My Pet Need a Blood Test?
  7. What Flea/Tick Meds Do You Recommend for My Pet?
  8. What are these Lumps and Bumps?
  9. Does My Pet Need a Rectal Exam?
  10. Can You Please Explain my Bill?