What to Expect from your Puppy or Kitten’s First Exam

If you are a new pet owner, you probably already know that you need to get them into a vet’s office for a pet exam as quickly as possible. Your pet’s initial appointment is a critical part of ensuring that your pet stays healthy and gets the medical care it needs need. Read on to learn more about what to expect during your puppy or kitten’s first exam.

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Initial Examination

Your puppy or kitten’s first appointment will begin with our veterinarian getting a baseline of your pet’s medical information like medical history. This will establish a baseline of your pet’s health that will be used for comparison in the future. During this time, our veterinarian will answer questions about your pet’s growth.

Next, your pet will need to undergo some preventative procedures. For example, Florida requires all dogs and cats to get a rabies vaccine. Our veterinarian will be able to discuss other measures such as additional vaccines and preventative medicines for heartworm and fleas. While not required, these medications are necessary to keep your dog or cat healthy and free of life-threatening parasites.

Bring any medical records you may have to the appointment including breed papers and any medical history.


Finally, our veterinarian will give you the option to microchip your pet. This relatively quick shot will ensure that your pet always has your contact information. The chip that is embedded in your pet’s skin can be scanned by any veterinarian or animal control agency, ensuring that if your pet gets lost, he or she can make its way back to you.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL

If you recently brought home a puppy or kitten and you’re looking for a veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL, contact Hodges Animal Hospital today. If you’re looking for a “vet near me,” our office is the perfect choice to provide you with pet care. Call us at (904) 992-1888 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.