|Barked: Tue Feb 28, '12 1:37pm PST |
|I recommend a 'well puppy' visit--no procedures that first day. Call ahead to the vet's office you will be using for your pup, and ask if you can just bring your pup in when it is not too busy to meet the staff. Carry your pup, take a long a few tasty tidbits and have the staff say hi and give a treat. Keep it short and sweet. Schedule any shots, first routine check-up etc. for a later date.
Once in awhile, if things go well (this depends a lot on what kind of vet office it is), pop in for some socialization in between scheduled visits. Just short, positive visits. It's actually helpful for your vet to see your pup when they're healthy, not just when pup is sick or needs a procedure done. Holistic vets in particular appreciate that. I would call ahead and ask the staff, if they're good they'll let you know if it's not a good time, particular illnesses are spreading etc.
Try to make any associations with the vet office a positive one, this is all about getting off on the right foot. My dog is now 2.5 and loves her vet and gets happy just going there. That was incredibly helpful when my dog was sick. She didn't get stressed just being there so we could all devote more energy to dealing with the emergency illness, not fearful behaviors.
It's probably a good idea to get your pup chipped at the ASPCA, it's not terribly painful and it doesn't sound like they'll be your regular vet's office, anyway. Congrats and best of luck with your new best friend! We love puppy pics here on dogster, hint hint.
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