Puppy First Vet Visit Checklist: What to Expect


Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting adventure filled with joy and new responsibilities. One of the first and most important steps in your journey together is scheduling the puppy’s first vet visit. This initial appointment is not just about getting vaccinations—it’s a comprehensive health check that lays the foundation for a lifetime of wellness. This blog will guide you through the puppy first vet visit checklist to ensure you and your puppy are fully prepared. If you have any questions or need to schedule your puppy’s first appointment, call Comal Pet Hospital & Resort at (830) 625-8074.

Preparing for Your Visit

Before you head to the vet, it’s important to prepare. Gathering the necessary items and information can make the visit smoother and more effective.

Documentation to Bring

Ensure you bring any documentation provided by the shelter, breeder, or previous owner. This includes records of previous vaccinations, deworming, and any other medical history. If your puppy has been microchipped, bring that information as well.

What to Pack

Pack a small bag with essentials such as a leash, a few treats, and a favorite toy to keep your puppy calm. Also, bring a sample of your puppy’s current food and any questions you might have for the vet.

During the Visit

The first visit is comprehensive, aiming to establish a health baseline and address any immediate concerns.

  • Physical Examination: Your puppy will undergo a thorough physical examination. This includes checking the puppy’s weight, heart, lungs, ears, eyes, and skin to ensure there are no apparent health issues.
  • Vaccinations and Preventive Care: Your vet will discuss a vaccination schedule tailored to your puppy’s needs. This is also a good time to talk about preventive care, including flea and tick prevention, heartworm medication, and the best practices for dental care.
  • Behavioral Assessment: Understanding your puppy’s behavior is crucial. The vet might assess your puppy’s temperament and offer advice on training, socialization, and any behavioral concerns you might have.

After the Visit

The first visit can be a lot for a little puppy to handle. Monitor your puppy for any reactions to vaccines or signs of stress. Keep them comfortable and provide a quiet space to rest. Before leaving the vet’s office, schedule a follow-up visit. This is crucial for completing your puppy’s initial vaccine series and continuing their health assessments as they grow.

Ensuring a Lifetime of Health

A successful first vet visit sets the stage for your puppy’s health throughout their life. Here are a few tips to maintain their well-being beyond the vet office.

  • Routine Check-Ups: Regular visits to Comal Pet Hospital & Resort will help catch any potential health issues early. Routine check-ups are a key part of keeping your puppy healthy.
  • Nutrition and Exercise: Discuss your puppy’s nutritional needs with your vet. A balanced diet and regular exercise are fundamental to a healthy life.
  • Continuous Learning: Stay informed about your puppy’s health needs as they grow. Your vet is a valuable resource for advice and information, helping you navigate the joys and challenges of puppy care.

Ensuring Your Puppy Starts on the Right Paw

Bringing your puppy to Comal Pet Hospital & Resort for their first vet visit is a step towards a healthy and joyful life together. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, call us at (830) 625-8074. Our team is here to support you and your new companion every step of the way.

About Us

Medicine isn’t the only thing that contributes to a happy, healthy pet. At Comal Pet Hospital & Resort, we provide a complete inventory of essential preventive and medical services for dogs and cats, with all-inclusive boarding, dog daycare, and grooming situated right next door.