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First Vet Visit

I will be bringing Ivy home next Friday. I'll take her to the vet for a check up (she will already have received her first round of shots). I was just wondering what to expect at that first vet visit. I do like our vet but don't truly have much experience with him. We have a cat but she is an indoor cat and aside from spaying her 17 years ago she has only been to the vet twice.

I don't want to be talked into exams and tests that are not really needed. Or be told something is "always" done and when it really is an option.


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If you can get her records from her breeder, that would be helpful so you vet can see what she's been given and when. Your vet should do a very thorough exam of your little baby. My vet also gets down on the floor with them, plays & watches their movements just to make sure there's nothing that jumps out that may be an issue. The vaccinations needed/given are a matter of opinion. Some follow vets advise, others prefer very little meds introduced. I'm sure an expert will hop on & give you the conservative advise.

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Most people experienced with Havanese use Jean Dodd's minimal vaccine protocol, for use with vaccine sensitive breeds. (Havanese are one of those):

http://drjeandoddspethealthresource....2#.UjIB4OAdUwI


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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?
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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.
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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.


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My vet did a very thero exam on both Maddie and Zoey. He looked at their bite and felt their legs, looked in ears mouth and I'm sure more..He taught me how to cut toe nails too. Along with the stool sample and shots. Zoey got car sick on the way home and acted really tired after her shot.

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Thanks everyone! I do trust the vet, I guess. I just have never really had to deal with him very much. When I go I'll talk to him about the vaccination schedule I want to follow. We'll see how receptive he is and go from there.

Stay tuned for tomorrow and my next question!
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My vet suggested bringing Cuba in just to say 'hello' for the first visit, for which she didn't charge me anything. We then came back later that day and Cuba knew her already and was thrilled to see her again. The second visit was pretty under-stated anyway - she'd already had second vaccinations - so it was a routine 'well puppy' general check-over. But I thought the non-visit for a first go was really helpful. There really doesn't need to be much time between visits, just long enough to go back out the door, do something else somewhere else and come back again. Maybe it was unnecessary, but it seemed gentle and kind and generous to me.
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In addition to collecting and testing the stool sample, reviewing the breeder info, answering my questions, providing samples of Heartgard and Frontline and a thorough check up, my vet gave Julie some very yummy vitamin gel -especially to create an impression of the vet as a pleasant experience. She also gave her yummy vitamin gel to distract her when we went back for her second puppy shot a few weeks later. Julie seemed totally unaware of the needle stick!

The first vet visit was really a non-event in Julie's life. Hope your experience is the same!


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I was totally impressed with our vet at Beau's first visit. She sat on the floor, held him and played with him. She said that she just wanted to get to know him -- and not to scare him about coming to the vet's office. She mostly talked with me, reviewed the paperwork from the breeder, and established a plan for future appointments. I was more than pleased!



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