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What to Expect From Your Puppy or Kittens First Exam

There’s nothing better than the presence of a new puppy or kitten in your life. Their playfulness and curiosity about life are contagious, spreading joy to everyone they meet. Not to mention the fact that they are just so incredibly cute! After meeting your new puppy or kitten for the first time, one of your first trips should be to the veterinarian, according to the experts at Animal General in New York City. After all, that is the only way to ensure your pet receives proper puppy or kitten care. So, what can you expect during that initial visit to the vet?

Your Kitten’s First Visit

  • Before the visit, purchase a cat carrier to make traveling to your veterinarian easier.
  • Schedule your kitten’s visit early in the day when there are fewer people in the waiting room.
  • Answer questions about your kitty and come ready with questions of your own to ask the vet.
  • Bring along any paperwork you have for your kitten.
  • We will examine your kitten by weighing him, then looking at his coat, heart, lungs, ears, eyes, teeth, and gums.
  • If your kitten is of age, you can begin the first round of vaccinations.
  • Hold and pet your kitten often. The more your kitty is used to being handled, the better they will do with their first visit to the veterinarian.

Your Puppy’s First Visit

  • Bring along any paperwork you have on your puppy. Anything that shows his vaccination history, medical record, or breeder information.
  • We will weigh your puppy, listen to his lungs and heart, and take his temperature.
  • We will examine your puppy’s coat, skin, mouth, teeth, feet, nose, ears, and eyes.
  • We will then go over your puppy’s history and ask you a few questions. Be prepared to ask your vet any questions you might have, such as what you should feed your puppy, if he needs medications, and any recommendations for future care, such as spaying and neutering.
  • If the veterinarian prescribes medication for your puppy, make sure you understand how to give the medication, when, what they are for, and ask when your puppy needs to come back to the vet.

We Want to Meet Your New Friend!

The above checklist should get you ready for your kitten or puppy's first official vet visit. Call Animal General in New York City today at 212-501-9600 to schedule an appointment.

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