Shelter pets are given a thorough once-over by a veterinarian before they are placed up for adoption, but when you bring home a new furry family member, it still makes good sense to schedule a check-up with your regular vet.
Before heading out with your pet, be sure to gather the following to bring with you:
- Microchip number
- Vaccine records, including rabies tag number, if applicable (puppies or kittens may not have had vaccines yet)
- Medical records: If your pet was ill while at the shelter, this information is important and should be a part of your new vet’s medical record for your pet.
Ask these Qs to ask to help your pet’s health get an A!
Q: Is my pet healthy?
Q: How often should we come to see you?
- If your pet has a problem, ask if it is something chronic that will need to be managed, or something curable like an ear infection.
Q: What should I watch for at home that could indicate illness?
- Puppies and kittens will need to be seen frequently for vaccine boosters, whereas adult pets will be seen once or twice a year (unless sick or injured).
Q: How do I potty train and/or crate train?
- Pets are good at hiding illness (especially cats!), so your vet can advise on what to look for.
- Your vet will have numerous tricks of the trade to help with these tasks.
Not only can this early intervention help identify any medical issues early, but you can also get expert advice about surviving the first two weeks of life (and beyond!) with your new pet. Happy tails!