If you've recently taken in a new dog, then you should get it in for a veterinarian exam soon. Even if the dog seems to be in good health, there are many reasons why a veterinarian exam is important. You can read more on some reasons why taking your new dog to the vet is important in the information below.
Find out if the dog has been fixed
If you got a male dog, then it will be easy to tell that he was neutered just by looking at him. Since the neutering process involves the removal of the testicles, you will know when you see he no longer has any. However, it isn't this easy to know if a female dog has been spayed. The vet can give her an exam and use an ultrasound or a blood test to see if she has been spayed. If your new pet hasn't been fixed already, then it will be a good idea to have the vet spay or neuter them as soon as possible, so you can avoid them having a litter of puppies.
Get the dog its vaccinations
Unless your dog came with proof of current vaccinations, then you will also want to have the vet give them their shots at the time of the exam. This is one of the best ways for you to help protect the dog from catching serious illnesses in the future. You also want to bring them back in the future, according to the vet's recommendation, for their boosters to ensure they remain healthy over the years.
Learn about the dog's health and condition
When you take your new dog to the vet, the dog will be given an exam that can tell you a lot about its current health. You can learn about things like the dog's age, whether they need to gain or lose some weight, what condition their teeth are in, how their vision and hearing are, and more. If there are any health concerns, then these will be diagnosed. Your vet will discuss treatment options with you and come up with a treatment plan to help get them as healthy as possible.
After you have taken your dog to the vet, you will know more about them and this can help you to care for them even better. It's also good to get that first visit done right away, so the dog becomes an established patient of the vet, which can prove helpful in the future if you need the dog to be seen right away. For more information, contact a veterinarian near you.