Ivy will come with her vet record of vaccinations received. I am aware of Jean Dodd's recommendations and do plan to follow them.
I was wondering about the very first check up I take Ivy to. The vet shouldn't be giving her any vaccinations then as she will have just gotten her first round of shots. But I was wondering if he will be wanting to do any other screening like for worms or give flea/tick med, etc. I just want to be prepared. I guess I could always ask when I make the appointment what's involved.
Also, although my vet office appears to be clean and professionally run, would it be rude of me if I wiped down the examination table with an antibacterial wipe or asked the vet to wipe it down? Ivy won't be immune until her 12 week shots and it only makes sense that there are lots of sick dogs at the vet just like sick people at the Dr's office. I have no intension of letting her walk on the floor in the waiting room or exam room.
Am I crazy?
They may ask you to bring in a stool sample to check for parasites. Otherwise, it should just be a "well puppy" visit. You should certainly talk to your vet about flea, tick and heartworm prevention, what is necessary in your area and what your options are in terms of products. Since you're in Canada, heartworm probably isn't a great worry, especially this late in the season, but listen to what your vet has to say.
As far as fleas and ticks are concerned, it depends on the area, and what the "bugs" in that area have become immune to. I find that where I live, I only need to use flea and tick preventatives every 6 weeks and only through the hottest part of the summer. The rest of the time, I use Sentry Natural Defense, which is an herbal flea and tick repellent, when we will be walking in tall grass or in the woods. (things you are unlikely to be doing much of before cold weather with your pup) But people in other areas have more (or less!) problems with these pests and have different routines for keeping them in check.
Any good vet is going to sanitize their exam areas between patients better then you could ever do with a wipe. So if you trust the vet, I wouldn't worry about that. If you DON'T trust the vet... find one you CAN trust.
My vet tried to schedule well puppy visits for first thing in the morning, after the whole building had been thoroughly cleaned, and before other dogs were coming in and out. What you DO want to avoid is letting Ivy down on the floor in the waiting room, touching noses with any other dogs, having other dog owners in the waiting room want to pat her, and probably worst of all, putting her down on the ground OUTSIDE the vet's office. If there is any chance she will need to potty while you are on your trip to the vet, bring along a piddle pad that you can place on the floor of your car for her, or on the floor in the exam room.
Vets are pretty experienced with first time puppy visits, and the LAST thing they want to have happen is for a puppy to get sick as a result of coming to their office for the first time.