How To Take Care of a Puppy: Your Dog’s First Vet Appointment

Your puppy’s first veterinary
check-up is about much more than simply greeting your dog’s
new vet, weighing in, and getting him his standard
immunizations. Believe it or not, your first
vet visit is just as much about educating yourself and
answering your questions as it is about checking the health of
your newest family member. Your first vet visit requires
organization, preparation, and sometimes even some
light note-taking. Hi. I’m Dr. Katy Nelson for
Iams with Howdini. Today we’re talking about how to
take your new puppy to his first veterinary appointment. Let’s begin with what
you’ll need to bring to your first visit. First you should find out what
the breeder or shelter has already done for your puppy. They have probably given
them some vaccinations. He probably has also been
placed on a deworming schedule, and may even be on
a heartworm preventative. Depending upon his breed, the
tail may have been docked in the dew claws removed. Your veterinarian will need all
of this information along with the puppy’s approximate
birth date. So it’s important to bring all
of your paperwork with you to your first veterinarian visit so
they can help you determine a schedule for completing
immunizations, and determine when it’s best to schedule
spaying and neutering. Next, you should bring a fresh
stool sample to your first visit so the veterinarian
can check for parasites. Lastly, prepare a list
of questions. After having your puppy home
for a few days there’s no better time to ask questions
than at your first visit with a medical professional. Ask other family members, too,
if they have any questions that they’d like added
to your list. Once your prepared, bring your
puppy’s crate to the car, and do your best to secure it with
available seat belts. Depending on the size and weight
of the crate and the puppy, it’s usually easier to
secure the crate first and then put your puppy inside. If you cannot fit a crate in
your car, try purchasing a dog seat belt that is specifically
designed to restrain and protect your puppy in
case of an accident. This next piece of information
is critical. Carry your puppy into
the doctor’s office. Do not let him interact
with any other animals in the office. Though the other animals may
be perfectly healthy themselves, your puppy can still
get very sick from even just rubbing noses with
another dog until his vaccinations and immunity
against disease is further developed. After greeting you and your new
pup, your vet will likely begin examining your pup as she
continues to converse and answer your questions. She’ll check your puppy’s
weight, temperature, heart, lungs, ears, genitals, eyes,
nose, skin, anal region, mouth, and gums, for both basic
and breed abnormalities. Your puppy needs to learn
to be comfortable being handled by others. Remaining calm and peaceful in
the new environment with the vet or any other stranger
will allow your puppy to do the same. Depending on the status of your
puppy’s records and stool exam, your puppy will also begin
the deworming process, receive the following
initial vaccines– rabies, distemper, and
Bordetella, if your puppy’s exposed to other dogs in
boarding, public dog parks, training, and other
situations. Then based on geography and
lifestyle, ask your veterinarian which vaccines they
recommend for your puppy. Also, ask your vet about
microchipping and when it is safe to begin socializing
and training your pup. Following the initial visit,
your veterinarian will ask that you return to booster the
vaccines until your puppy reaches a certain age. The time between boosters
typically ranges between two and four weeks. Here are some signs that
your puppy needs immediate medical care. Allergic reactions or swelling
around the face– hives– this is most easily seen
on the belly or face. Any eye injuries, any
respiratory problems, any signs of pain, panting, labored
breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, restlessness, or loss of appetite. Any suspected poisoning, any
open wound, a seizure, fainting or collapse, snake
bite, thermal stress– either too hot or too cold. Trauma, like if he’s hit by a
car, even if he seems fine. Vomiting or diarrhea more
than two or three times within an hour. If you notice any of the signs
that we’ve talked about, make sure you see your
veterinarian. I’m Dr. Katy Nelson for
Iams with Howdini. I hope that you found this
helpful as you welcome your new addition to the family. For more information on puppy
care and training visit

62 thoughts on “How To Take Care of a Puppy: Your Dog’s First Vet Appointment

  • Raise a happy puppy! Check out the link in the description to get expert tips on nutrition, training and care for your puppy.

  • Thank you SO much for this video. I have a two year old Chiweenie and i am going to get a teacup chihuahua in less than a month. Do you have a video on how to introduce my old dog to my new dog for the first time?

  • @PridelessChickz Actually we do. Pro dog trainer Kathy Santo's video "Bringing a Puppy Home" covers this. The links is: youtube[dot]com/watch?v=Ro0KH6hAnHA and she discuses it around 5:40 into the video. Hope that helps!

  • This video is so helpful, to me especially as I plan to get a puppy soon, I have been scribbling down notes and questions and some of these things I didnt even think of, so thank you so much!

  • That is wonderful! Give yourself a pat on the shoulder for doing research and for gaining as much info as you can prior to bringing your puppy home. They are such a big responsibility and wonderful addition to any family! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Thank you! At first I was a little daunted, but I've been determined and stuck at it, even through the Summer Holidays! But it's been worth it, as I now feel COMPLETELY prepared ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Border Collie! Its gonna be a little tough as he'll need a lot of stimulation and exercise – or he'll DESTROY my house! But I'm up for the challenge ๐Ÿ˜€

  • That is GREAT! Every one that I have ever know who has owned a Border Collie has LOVED them! Border Collie's are very smart and great companions! They are esp. good at agility so if you are able to enroll him in an agility training class it would be so much fun for him and your whole family!

  • VERY true, my mum used to have one called Brandy and everyone loved him! Thank you for the tip about agility, I'll look into it! I am also going to join the Young Kennel Club so I'll get lots of opportunities for agilty and obedience competitions and clubs through that!

  • Thank you for taking the time to reply to my comments and for all your advice both in your videos and your comments! HowdiniGuru Youtube Channel = AWESOME ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Also, I was wondering, how many times a day would my puppy need to be fed? He'll be 9 weeks old when we pick him up. Sorry its just I cant find any advice on this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ask you vet and see what he/she recommends. It really does vary. Personally though, (since I have a house full and this is pure convenience for me) I leave a feeding dispenser out all the time. Mine just free feed when they want. However I do not have any special issues I have to worry about.I really monitor their weight and make sure none of my gorge themselves. Also, none of mine are aggressive w/ each other when it come to food or eating. W/ 1 U may want more scheduled/portion control.

  • i need help my puppy was running in in rocks and i guess a rock flew into his eyes and he cant open it that good is this serious? and what do i do

  • Depending on where you got your puppy from…Usually you do have to pay. If you adopted your puppy from a shelter sometime they will give you a "coupon" for a free exam. Usually you will have to chose a Vet from a list on the coupon. If you did not receive a coupon then you will need to pay.

  • Awww! How sweet. It will vary from dog to dog. Most food companies would recommend approx. 1/4 cup per day. However your Vet will give you an exact amount based on the health and size of your puppy. Good Luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • My friend's dog had puppies she will be giving one to me. What kind of things do i need to know if i'm not adopting a dog from a shelter? instead getting it from my friend. This is my first dog! help please.

  • Congrats! What is the breed? Good for you! You are doing research so that you will be ready when you get your puppy! You are in luck…We have tons of video that will help answer just about all of your questions…so sit back and enjoy learning with your family how to care for your new puppy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I was given a five weeks years old Labrador(mixed breed) by a neighbor last week. I would like to train her now but i don't have time to train her yet. So, I'm planning to train her this summer vacation, this April.

    Is it too late to train her?
    What can you advice for me to do for her preparation while my summer vacation hasn't come?

  • 5 week is very young to be away from the mother. Is she eating ok for you? Usually they do not get adopted until about 8wks old.That's a good age to "START" training. Just a few minutes each day with some very basic commands. (You can do this at night when you are home from school.) So you should be good to go when your summer bread hit in about 11 weeks. Keep in mind that you whole family need to "train" her. She has be be able to listen and be obedient to all members of your home.

  • All of our pet our adopted from shelters so we do not know what their specific breeds are however, that one look like a Shepherd/boxer mix perhaps.

  • Hi Dr. Nelson,
    How are you? My classmate has a Bichon Frise that behaves like a puppy. Did you meet them for the first vet visit before?

  • hi,
    I have a 3mnth old pug puppy. i would like to know ways to check his body temperature at home n the avg weight f a 3m old pug puppy. im unable to take him out since he's not had all his vaccinations yet. are there anyways of ensuring tht he has enough physical activity at home?

  • Can u plz say about madness that found in dogs .. Some people's say the dog should be ingested … and any salarp model medicine are available for the madness be coz the hospital is far my area I can take care of my dog my self plz say me more

  • i only got 2 puppies today and i want to make sure there healthy seeing as if there so young and only 4 weeks thank you for the tips

  • Hey hey, The best training that I have ever had was with Dog discipline magic (just google it) Without a doubt the most helpful dog obedience system that I have ever tried.

  • One day a mail man sprayed pepper spray on my dog I wanted to kill him I was traumatized but he was alright but sadly he passed away not because of the pepper spray but because of a drunk driver ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ญ I miss him but Iโ€™m getting a puppy again Iโ€™m so excited but Iโ€™ll never forget

  • My babies first vet appointment is tomorrow but hes so sick he hasn't eating and he doesn't wake up and has this weird black thing on his back idk what that is

  • My puppy suffering from ear infection im not sure if that is infection. Her left ear has something wet inside just like an earwax today her ear became dry and never be wet at all after I used i dont knownthe exact name but there is a Word hydro. should I go to vet even my puppy is fine?

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