When you decide to bring a new puppy home, you may wonder how often you should visit the veterinarian. Knowing the typical appointment schedule required will help you when it comes time to take your dog to the vet.
When you first pick up your new puppy, you should receive a shot record detailing the veterinarian work your new pup has already received. Immediately make an appointment within 72 hours of bringing your puppy home to visit the veterinarian.
When you are at the veterinarian clinic, your vet will peruse your pup’s shot record and explain the remainder of vaccines your puppy needs to finish out his initial series. Usually, the last set of shots is between 12-16 weeks for a puppy and then you’ll return yearly for a booster set. You will also be set up with your first yearly doses of preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworm disease.
Depending upon the breed of your dog, you will also probably return to the vet between 6-12 months in order to have your puppy spayed or neutered. You should broach this topic during your first visit to your veterinarian.
After the puppy series, you will return at least annually to the vet for a routine exam as well as a renewal of your flea/tick/heartworm preventative. You will also need to schedule dental cleanings at your vet hospital, but these appointments will be based off your dog’s particular needs.
As your dog ages, your veterinarian may recommend you stick to the yearly schedule of appointments or these visits may increase depending upon the health of your pet.
When bringing a new puppy into your home, it’s important to understand the routine schedule for veterinarian care for dogs. Remember to bring your canine companion in routinely for his yearly exams and preventatives.