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Puppy's First Vet Visit Checklist & What to Expect

Are you wondering what questions to pose to the vet during your puppy's first visit? Are you worried about potentially overlooking essential items to bring along? Check out our comprehensive checklist from Somerset to ensure you're fully equipped for your puppy's initial vet appointment.

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

If it's time to take your puppy to their first vet appointment, you might wonder what this visit will entail. During your puppy's first visit, expect your vet to 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 that you understand when and how they are to be given. Follow directions to the letter, and set up a schedule for follow-up visits and vaccinations.

Your Puppy's First Vet Visit Checklist

It's a good idea to bring along the following items when heading to the vet for your puppy's first examination. The more information the vet has, the better they will be able to treat your puppy.

  • 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

Small puppies will find greater comfort and safety in a crate. When visiting the clinic, do not anticipate being able to carry a wiggly puppy in your arms. Keep puppies under control at all times by using a leash and collar or harness. Therefore, having a chew toy or treats on hand is advisable.

What to Ask Vet on First Puppy Visit

Your veterinarian should provide you with all the information you need to aid your puppy's growth. If you have any questions they may have overlooked, or if the information they provided is confusing, ask for clarification without hesitation.

However, having a list of questions can maximize the benefits of your first visit. Here are some good questions to ask your vet during the 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 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 vet appointment, routine procedures comprise the majority of activities. However, various factors such as location, vaccines, and prescribed medications influence the determined costs. Utilizing vaccination clinics and pet insurance can aid in cost-saving efforts. For a more accurate quote devoid of unexpected surprises, reaching out directly to your vet is advisable.

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 Midway Veterinary Hospital today to book a puppy exam for your adorable four-legged friend.

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