Visits to the Vet
Just like you, your puppy needs to get his immunisations and visit the doctor regularly to keep his health in check, and illness at bay. Together, you and your vet can provide your puppy with all the care, attention and treatment he’ll need for a long, healthy life. Your veterinarian is the best resource you can choose for your puppy's health. Whether for treatment or advice, it is important to follow his or her recommendations to ensure you don’t stray from the path that leads to good health.
The sooner you visit the vet, the better for your pup. Puppies should be vaccinated at an early age. During this process of immunisation, your veterinarian will place your puppy on a vaccination schedule. He or she will also advise you when boosters are necessary. What’s more, you need to ensure that you take your pet for a regular veterinary checkup every six months, or as recommended by your veterinarian.
When you take your puppy to the vet, you should know what to expect. This will help put you at ease and prepare accordingly. Common diagnostic tests that your vet will perform on your pet include faecal examinations to check for internal parasites and blood tests to check for diseases. During the physical exam, your veterinarian will feel your puppy's abdomen, listen to his chest with a veterinary stethoscope, study the condition of his coat, check his ears for infection and ear mites, and inspect the mouth for tartar buildup or gum disease.