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Hi, I am picking up Oliver tomorrow morning and he will be going to the vet on monday the 20th. He's already had his first couple set of shots. What are some questions that I should ask the vet? Also is there anything in specific I should have the vet check? Do I need to take in some of my dogs poo in a container? or if everything seems okay should I not? I guess I'm just looking for some advise. I just want to be sure my pup is healthy. Thanks.

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Ask about puppy kindergarten classes; if you should start any heartworm treatment; any early signs of joint issues (or anything else you should keep an eye on). I would bring a fecal sample to eliminate any internal parasites. Ask about desert fever if you're not familar with that.
 

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The vet should do a thorough exam. I would take along a fresh stool specimen (within the hour before the appointment or keep it refrigerated until then, transport with an ice pack) to check for parasites, even though you haven't seen anything. They're common in puppies and it never hurts to check. Ask about the vaccination schedule, when to neuter, payment policies (you'll want to know when that big expense comes up unexpectedly), after hours emergency service, heartworm, how to clean teeth when the adult teeth come in, how to trim nails...
 

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Oliver is adorable!!

I think the last post just about covered everything you should ask. You may want to talk to the vet about crate training and separation issues.

I just wanted to add that you need to puppy proof your home if you haven't done that already. It is kind of like babyproofing. Pick up all breakable and valuable items and put them away. Lock up chemicals, get baby gates for stairs, give away poisonous plants, and make sure to cover all electrical cords. (Puppies love to chew on them!) Finally, get down on the floor and look around at Oliver's level. This last one is easy because you will probably be on the floor a lot playing with him! Most of all, enjoy him. He is only a puppy for a little while and so cute.
 
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