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

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

When you first bring your puppy or kitten home, one of the first things that you should do is schedule an appointment with a veterinarian. Our team at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital will do all we can to make sure that your new pet is healthy. We will also go over puppy and kitten care with you. If this is your first pet, it's important to know what to expect during the first visit.

Head to Tail Examination

During your pet's first visit, the veterinarian will provide a complete examination. We will look at your pet's ears, eyes, and teeth. We will also listen to your pet's heart and lungs and have your pet walk a little to observe their gait.

Weight Check

The vet will want to check your pet's weight as well. While it is uncommon for young puppies and kittens to be overweight, we will also need to make sure that your pet isn't underweight, which comes with its own dangers - especially in young animals. Pet obesity is all too common in pet ownership today, and the vet will want to discuss your pet's diet to ensure that they remain at a healthy weight throughout their life.


To ensure your pet's health, certain immunizations are recommended and others required by law. During your pet's first visit to the vet, they will get their first round of vaccinations. You will need to bring your pet in periodically to get their booster shots. The vet will work out a schedule that works best for you and your pet.

Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet's diet, their behavior, or their socialization with other pets in the home, the first visit to the vet is a great time to bring them up. Dr. Schexneider will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, which can make the first few months with your new pet a bit easier.

Early puppy and kitten care is essential to their health. It is important that your puppy or kitten sees a vet within the first few weeks of bringing them home. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schexneider and our team, call us today at 858-292-6116.

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