First Vet Visit: What to Expect For Your Pet

first vet visit what to expect for your petDo you need some tips for your pet’s first vet visit? When bringing home a pet for the first time, or adding a new addition to your family, there are so many overwhelming and exciting emotions! While you may have made the proper arrangements, like buying a bed or picking out the best food for them, it is important that you schedule your pet an introductory visit to the vet.

How can I ensure my new pet is healthy and happy?

When you first visit your new furry friend’s veterinarian, it is as though you are introducing them to a lifelong companion. Establishing a good relationship will be key to maintaining your pet’s lifelong health. This procedure is something that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) calls the VCPR, for Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship. This exists, according to AVMA, when “your veterinarian knows your pet well enough to be able to diagnose and treat any medical conditions your animal develops.”

The best way to make sure your pet has a proper relationship and is fully checked out is by visiting the office when the pet is young. Even after a first time visit your pet needs to continue annual wellness visits with their vet to maintain health, even if they feel or act fine.

When visiting your vet for the first time, there are a few steps to take to ensure the visit goes as smoothly as possible. First, if you know exactly when you will be getting your new family member, make sure to call in advance to schedule your appointment. Second, remember to get all records pertaining to the adoption or the purchase of your pet with you — especially records of vaccines and parasite control. Third, follow instructions from the clinic regarding food and water. Sometimes, if lab tests are to be performed, a fasted blood-sample is needed. Lastly, treat the day of the visit as normal. You want your pet to feel as comfortable as possible.

How can I be ready for emergencies?

It is also important to look into what the after-hours services are, or find out where the nearest 24-hour vet is located, as many of the issues pets have are not during normal business hours.