The last thing you want to think about when you bring your Dachshund puppy home is bringing him to the veterinarian. Unfortunately, much like humans, Dachshund’s are not invincible creatures, and it takes a little bit of care to keep them happy and healthy. The first time you go to the vet with your Dachshund, you should be ready to ask the proper questions and look out for the right signs.
Actually, you should do a good deal of research just to choose the vet responsible for your Dachshund. Start with the practices that are closest to your home, just in case you ever need to get there quickly. Of course, strong recommendations from friends and acquaintances should be considered as well, especially if they own a Dachshund themselves. It’s perfectly acceptable to pay a visit to a vet, scope out the office, and get to know the staff a little bit. When you do decide on a vet, just make sure you know the hours, as well as what to do if your Dachshund needs attention outside of them.
The first time you visit for a full check-up, you should expect to answer many questions about your puppy, so be sure to bring all the documentation you have. Also, expect a pretty thorough examination. It can be difficult to watch your Dachshund puppy get probed and prodded, but just remember that it’s better for your dog to get used to being handled by a vet at a young age. You should plan on discussing vaccinations and neutering or spaying, and be ready to mark some dates down for each on your calendar.
It’s important to remember that this is your chance to “ask an expert” and gather as much information as you can about your dog. Focus particularly on the special needs of the Dachshund breed, and consult with your vet about what you can do to lower your Dachshund’s risks of developing back problems or obesity, two common medical issues. Other conditions that affect Dachshund’s disproportionately are Pancreatitis and auto-immune diseases, so make it a point to mention those as well.
While the first trip to the vet can be a somewhat anxious experience for you and your Dachshund, you should get used to your regular visits. If you’re interested in caring for a new Dachshund puppy, contact Patti’s Dachshund Farm today.