So, you have a new puppy or kitten and just scheduled your first pet visit. You may feel a little anxious because you think a pet exam includes needles. Don’t worry, our veterinarians at Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen will walk you through what to expect during your first pet exam. Whether you have received your new pet from a breeder or a shelter, you should schedule a visit to ensure everything is in order. Let’s see what you can expect during your puppy or kitten’s first time at the veterinarian’s office.

Make Sure Your Pet Feels Safe

A new home is stressful for the latest member of the family. Your puppy or kitten is barely getting used to its new surroundings. Taking your pet to a veterinarian may raise your pet’s stress levels. Make sure you take the necessary steps to make your furry friend feel safe. Taking your pet in a carrier helps it settle easier as it feels safer in an enclosed space. Let your pet examine the veterinarian’s office as you wait for your appointment. As always, bring a few treats for your cat or dog. The goal is to associate a trip to the vet as a place to eat treats and feel safe.

Pet Exams

Puppy and kitten exams are incredibly similar. Expect to go through the same steps for a puppy as for a kitten:

  • Keeping track of the weight
  • Recording the body temperature
  • Examining the entire body, including the ears, nose, mouth, teeth, and genitalia
  • A conversation between the owner and vet regarding the pet’s history. Where you received the animal and if you have a medical account.
  • Necessary vaccinations or medications will be administered after discussing them with the vet.

Schedule Your Puppy or Kitten Exam in Holmen, WI

Our veterinarians at Van Loon Animal hospital are here to help your new furry friend get started on a long and happy life as a member of your family. Call our team today at (608) 526-2200 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

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