Congratulations on your new puppy! Adding a furry family member is always an exciting time, especially if it is your first dog. One of the first things you will want to do is schedule a puppy exam with a veterinarian. At Oakes Edgeley and Ellendale Veterinary Services, we are happy to provide our clients with pet exams to start things off with the best possible health.
First, try to schedule your puppy exam well in advance. While you may not always know when you will bring your new puppy home, it is important to have a veterinarian examine your pup as soon as possible to identify any health issues. If our team is busy performing pet exams and veterinary services for others, you might find yourself waiting longer than you would like to meet with the veterinarian.
What to Expect During a Puppy Exam
When our veterinarians see your pup for the exam, we will perform some standard tests that are similar to the physical exams that you may have seen previously. A physical exam allows our vet to look at your pet's skin, teeth, nose, eyes, ears, feet, coat, and genitals. The vet will also palpate your puppy's abdomen and check the lymph nodes. Aside from the hands-on examination, the vet will weigh your puppy, take its temperature, and listen to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope.
Your puppy's first exam requires some communication with your veterinarian as well. Ask if your veterinarian wants you to bring a stool sample for the examination. If you have any paperwork from the breeder or organization from which you adopted your puppy, bring it with you to the appointment.
Be prepared to bring up any behavioral or health problems that you may have noticed. However, it is alright if you do not have any specific concerns. You may have only had your puppy for a few days, and it could be in excellent health. Plus, some issues don't show up immediately. Still, the veterinarian is a valuable resource for advising you about potential issues concerning your breed of dog. Of course, vets are also experts in puppy behavior, which can be a lot to handle for new puppy owners.
The first appointment also allows you to discuss future veterinary care and schedule appointments for services such as vaccinations, spaying or neutering, microchipping, and bathing or grooming. Setting up these appointments ahead of time is convenient and ensures that your puppy receives the necessary care on time.
Contact Our Veterinarians Today!
If you are new to the area or a new pet owner, call our team at Oakes Edgeley and Ellendale Veterinary Services today at (701) 742-2486 to schedule your puppy’s exam with one of our veterinarians.