Caring for Dogs
Basic Health Check for Dogs
Your new puppy should visit a veterinarian as soon as possible for a basic health check.
The first visit will include:
A thorough physical examination to determine his/her state of health.
- Check for external parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, ear mites).
- Check for internal parasites (tapeworm, roundworm, etc.). Please bring a fresh stool sample for analysis if possible. Blood tests may also be done.
- Initial vaccination and/or a discussion of the types of vaccinations your puppy needs and when they should be scheduled.
- Discussion about whether your puppy should be sterilized (spayed or neutered) and when.
This first health check will give your veterinarian the information needed to advise you on your puppy’s immediate diet and care. It will also provide a knowledge base for subsequent checkups throughout your pup’s life, better evaluation, monitoring and managing of your pet’s health.