The first vet visit
Do you remember your first vet visit with your kitten or puppy? Odd smells, whining dogs, cats lurking in travel crates, ... Not exactly a fun trip for most pets. We’ll give you a few tips on how to prepare for the first trip to the vet!
Picking a vet
When choosing a vet for your new pet, choose wisely. Do you prefer a large veterinary clinic or would you always like to see the same vet in a small local practice? Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the most important thing is that you and, more importantly, your pet feel comfortable with the vet. Also, pick a vet in your area so you won’t have to drive too far in case of an emergency.
Meet and greet at the vet’s
During those precious first months, your pet is going through a socialisation phase and it is important for them to learn about everything that will be useful to them throughout their lives. Of course, paying a visit to the vet is something they need to not be afraid of. Take your puppy or kitten to the vet early on and make sure that they have a positive first experience there with lots of treats and attention. It’s important not to overwhelm them.
Scared of injections?!
Most puppies will already have had their first series of vaccinations but they will have to be vaccinated again when they are a certain age. You can discuss this further with your vet. It’s best to get your puppy used to standing on a table, because we wouldn’t want a newly discovered fear of heights to pop up right then and there! Not so much of a problem for kittens, since most like to climb anyway. It is also a good idea to prepare them for their check-up. Get them used to gently handling their paws, ears, mouths etc. at home. Reward them with lots of treats, but don’t fuss over the little sting they will feel during an injection.
Did you know that you can get health insurance for your pet? They’re a big hit with pet lovers! The cost for most insurance plans vary dependant on any pre-existing conditions your pet may already have, his breed and age.
Some vets organise so-called “puppy parties”. It's an informative class about puppy behaviour and health. You can ask questions and may receive a puppy package with food samples for your pup. Be sure to ask your vet!
When going on holiday and entrusting your dog or cat with a Pawshake pet sitter or your friends or family, be sure to leave with them your pet's passport and your preferred vet’s contact details. In case of emergency, they can call your vet right away.
Good luck with your first vet visit!
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