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What to Expect from Your Puppy or Kittens First Exam

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

Getting a new puppy or kitten is always exciting. But before you settle into life with your new furry friend, make sure you take them to the vet for a checkup. Certain procedures are always performed on your first visit. At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Crossville, our veterinarian makes sure that your new friend starts off life on the right track with top-quality veterinary care.

What to Expect from Your Vet

It starts with a physical exam of your pet. Our vet will check the fur and skin, as well as the eyes, ears. and the inside of their mouth. We will also listen to your pet's heartbeat and check his or her lungs. Exams include assessing the condition of your pet's joints and muscles, as well as the stomach. You will be informed of any abnormalities our vet finds in your pet, following the examination. By taking the complete history of your pet's health we will detect any possible hereditary conditions or birth defects.

Other procedures performed will likely include bloodwork. If your pet is ill in any way, this will help determine the best course of action for treating your pet. We will also test your pet's feces to identify any internal parasites that could be harmful. Our vet may recommend that you have your pet dewormed if it is needed.

Things to Consider

Just like with human children, pets need to be vaccinated against certain diseases. This makes it less likely that they will suffer from health problems in the future. It is also wise to have your pet treated to prevent the occurrence of ticks, heartworms, and fleas. Last but not least, your vet will give you advice on what you should be feeding your new pet. In the event they have special needs where their diet is concerned, this advice will help you to take better care of your pet.

Contact Best Friends Veterinary Hospital

If you live in Crossville or the surrounding area, call our veterinarian at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital today at (931) 459-2006 to schedule an appointment.

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