Ghost went for his first veterinarian visit with his new owner today. He was adopted from a very reputable rescue and all his health information was provided to his new owner. But it is always a good idea to bring your new dog to your own vet within the first month to discuss how best to care for your dog. This is especially important if you are a first time dog owner, as Ghost’s person is.
Ghost’s owner lived with him for a while and watched his behaviors. Did he eat with a hearty appetite? Did he get exhausted quickly or handle exercise well? Did he chew on his paws or limbs? Did he have healthy looking stool and urine?
Then his new owner selected the animal clinic he would use as their primary doctor and made an appointment. Prior to the visit he asked several questions such as should I bring a stool sample. He also brought all the paperwork he obtained from the rescue so they could know when he was administered vaccinations etc.
Ghost had become very comfortable riding in the car and walking through pet stores, but how would he do at a vet’s office? When they arrived there were several dogs barking and anxious in the lobby. Ghost was very quiet and steady and seemed to actually enjoy this adventure out into the world.
They met one of the clinic doctors and she spent considerable time with them. Because his owner explained he had never cared for his own dog before, she listened to all of his questions and took the time to educate him on the best care for Ghost. For instance, Ghost is white and his skin is quite thin so she suggested sun screen and which one and how to use it.
The doctor was quite impressed that Ghost’s owner brought in a stool sample and discussed every aspect of his health thoroughly. All the while Ghost was the perfect gentleman, letting blood be drawn and all sorts of areas touched. He never barked and was only a bit uncomfortable having his eyes examined.
Ghost’s owner brought a list of questions such as do they provide emergency care, overnight care, wellness plans, insurance plans they prefer, how to care for his teeth and on and on. And the doctor was not rushing them and answered every question.
It was determined that Ghost was a little younger than the rescue thought, perhaps under four years old. And quite healthy. Of course they need to wait until some blood work comes back but the clinical opinion was he is 61 pounds of muscle and health. Choose your primary vet carefully as this will be a long relationship and one that should be built on trust and knowledge.
Ghost is in very good hands now with both his owner and the medical staff chosen for him. He even smiled!