Adopting a pet can be very rewarding, but it is also a lot of work. There is a lot of responsibility involved in pet ownership. When you bring your new pet home, one of the first things that you should do is schedule a pet wellness exam with Care Veterinary Services in Millington. The first appointment with a veterinarian is essential and it lays down a foundation of care that provides a healthy and happy life for your new furry friend.
Nose To Tail Exam
Your pet will need a nose to tail exam when you bring them home. Even if your pet is still a baby, having a complete exam is essential. If your pet has any underlying conditions, they will be diagnosed during this exam so that we can begin treatment. If you have adopted an older pet, the nose to tail exam is even more important.
Your pet will need to be vaccinated if they are going to remain healthy. If your pet is a baby, they will need their first round of shots, and then boosters in three weeks to a month. If your pet is older, they will still need a yearly rabies shot and anything else that is recommended by your veterinarian. During the pet wellness exam, your pet can receive any vaccinations they need.
It is a good idea to have your pet microchipped. During this procedure, your veterinarian will implant a tiny chip under your pet's skin. The chip will contain a number that coincides with a number in the database that will include your name, your pet's name, and your contact information. If your pet has any medical conditions or is on medication, this will also be in the system. Should your pet got lost or stolen, the microchip will help you reunite with your pet quickly.
Spaying and Neutering
If your new pet has not been spayed or neutered, you can discuss it with the vet during your pet's wellness exam. There are many health benefits associated with spaying and neutering. Your vet can discuss the benefits and the procedure with you.
Weight Checks and Diet Recommendations
According to several studies, pet obesity is a very serious issue. According to a 2018 study, 59.9 percent of cats and 55.8 percent of dogs have been classified as overweight. Pet obesity can result in heart disease, diabetes, and hip and leg issues. During your pet's wellness check, the vet will check their weight. If your pet is overweight or underweight, your vet can give you diet and exercise advice to get your pet down to a healthy weight. If this is your first pet, your vet can give you dietary recommendations so that you don't need to worry about your pet becoming obese.
Vet Care in Millington
When you adopt a pet, you should schedule a vet care visit with Care Veterinary Services in Millington. Our veterinarian will give your pet a complete exam and answer any questions that you may have about their care, diet, or behavior. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (989) 871-1157.