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What to expect at your first vet visit

Written by

Pam Hardman


Published on: Jan 08, 2019

Adding a puppy or kitten to your family is an exciting time. You’ve probably already picked out a crate, food, toys and maybe you’ve even signed up for training or socialization classes. Whether your new family member has come from a breeder or a local shelter, one of your first to-dos is a trip to the vet. 

What happens during my puppy or kitten’s first vet visit?

During your first vet visit, your vet or a clinic employee will:

  • Weigh your pet

  • Listen to his heart and lungs

  • Take his temperature

  • Examine his eyes, ears, nose, feet and genitalia

  • Examine his skin and coat

  • Look at his teeth and mouth

  • Touch his abdomen and lymph nodes

  • Discuss your pet’s history with you (if known), advise you on a regular check-up schedule and answer any questions you might have about feeding, care, spaying or neutering and micro-chipping.

  • If you’re going home with any medications or treatment, your vet will also give you directions and make sure you understand what to do.

How much is the first vet visit going to cost?

The cost of your new pet’s first vet visit will vary but if your pet is healthy overall, it's a good idea to budget between $90 and $150. Unlike medical or dental treatments for humans, there are no standard costs for veterinary treatments. Research the vet clinics in your area and call to find out what they charge for their services. You can also check with friends and family to see what kind of experiences they've had with their vet.   

Pet insurance can help with the cost of vet visits

Pet insurance can help with the cost of treatments for accidents and illnesses but doesn’t always cover the routine stuff (check-ups, vaccinations, etc.), much like routine maintenance for your car (oil changes, tire rotation, etc.) isn’t covered by your auto insurance. Learn what’s covered by Petsecure and get a free quote today.

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