There are many sources of new puppies including purchasing from a neighborhood breeder, pet stores, the Pound or Animal Shelter, abandoned and more. Where your puppy has been before may greatly affect the types of illnesses they are exposed to. Part of your first veterinary visit will be to obtain as thorough an history of both the environment as well as any health care your puppy has received.
Another part of the initial evaluation with Oasis Animal Hospital will be to discuss what your expectations are for this dog’s lifestyle. For example, if you are planning to travel away from Arizona, there will be certain precautions that are not a concern here that we will discuss.
Puppy’s first veterinary visit:
– Greeting and Weigh-in
Upon arriving at Oasis, you will be asked to complete a new patient form. If you want to get a head-start on this, please Oasis-Client-Registration and complete it in the comfort of your home. Bring it along.
Then you will be escorted in to one of our five spacious examination rooms with one of our veterinary technicians. He or she will complete the history and begin the physical examination, assessing some things like the temperature and listing concerns to be covered in today’s visit.
Physical Exam, assessment and recommendations
One of our veterinarians will then do a comprehensive physical exam, discuss concerns with you and make recommendations which may include:
- Fecal exam to check for parasites
- Provide medication to treat potential parasites and heartworm disease
- Vaccinate for the appropriate diseases
- Schedule the next visit
- Discuss diet and nutrition
- Discuss behavior issues and socialization
- Discuss sterilization procedures (spaying and neutering)
- Discuss benefit and timing of implanting a Microchip
Visits are scheduled 3 weeks apart until your puppy is about 15-16 weeks old.
There is a lot to remember. We will give you a list of upcoming procedures and schedule appointments for your convenience.