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Puppy's First Vet Visit Checklist & What to Expect

Are you unsure about what to ask the vet during your puppy's first visit? Do you worry that you might forget some essential items you'll need to bring? Our vets in Ypsilanti have prepared a checklist to help you prepare for your puppy's first visit to the vet.

What To Expect at Your Puppy's First Visit to The Vet

If it is time to take your puppy to their first vet appointment, you may be wondering what this visit will entail. During your puppy's first visit, your vet will perform the following checks:

  • weigh the puppy
  • listen to the heart and lungs
  • take puppy's temperature
  • examine the puppy's eyes, ears, nose, feet, and genitalia
  • examine the puppy's skin and coat
  • look at the puppy's teeth and mouth
  • palpate abdomen and lymph nodes
  • examine the feces for the presence of worms (you should bring a stool sample if you can)
  • discuss the puppy's history and any questions you might have about feeding, medical issues, and future care
  • If you are going home with medications or treatments, make sure you understand when and how to give them. Follow directions exactly and set up a schedule for follow-up visits and vaccinations.

Your Puppy's First Vet Visit Checklist

It's important to bring certain items to your puppy's first vet examination. The more information you provide, the better your vet can treat your pup.

  • any veterinary records you received from the breeder or shelter
  • a written list of important questions or concerns that you might have
  • notes on how much of what types of foods and treats you offer at home
  • a dog carrier or crate lined with some old towels or shirts that smell like home
  • a leash and collar or harness
  • a chew toy for distraction
  • small treats to reward good behavior
  • any forms provided by your veterinarian that you have already filled out
  • a stool sample, as fresh as possible

It's important to remember that small puppies are more comfortable and safer in a crate. If you're planning a trip to the clinic, don't expect to be able to carry a wiggly puppy in your arms. Puppies should always be controlled using a leash, collar, or harness. Having a chew toy or some treats is a good idea to keep them occupied.

What to Ask Vet on First Puppy Visit

It is important to seek advice from your veterinarian to ensure your puppy grows up healthy and strong. If you have any questions or doubts regarding the information provided by the veterinarian, do not hesitate to ask for clarification.

In order to make the most of your first visit, it might be helpful to prepare a list of questions in advance. Here are some examples of questions that you might want to ask your vet during your visit.

Health & Safety

  • How often does my puppy need to come to the vet?
  • When should I spay or neuter my puppy?
  • Should I microchip my dog?
  • How many times a day should my puppy poop?
  • Are there any health concerns specific to my puppy's breed(s)?
  • Does my puppy need flea and tick prevention?
  • What is heartworm disease, and why is prevention important?

Training & Behavior

  • When can my puppy go to the pet store/dog park/groomer?
  • Do you recommend crate training? 
  • How long can she stay in her crate?
  • How do you potty train a puppy?
  • How much exercise does my puppy need?
  • How do I socialize my puppy with other humans and dogs?
  • Do you know any local trainers?


  • What should my puppy eat? 
  • How many times a day should my puppy eat?
  • When do puppies switch to adult dog food?

Factors That Determine Puppy First Vet Visit Cost

During a puppy's first visit to the veterinarian, most of what happens is routine. However, the costs associated with the visit can be influenced by various factors such as the clinic's location, the types of vaccines administered, and any prescribed medications.

Pet owners can consider going to vaccination clinics or purchasing pet insurance to save money. For a more accurate estimate of costs, it is recommended to contact the veterinarian directly. This way, you can avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is it time to book your puppy's first vet visit? Contact Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital today to book a puppy exam for your adorable four-legged friend.

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