Tomorrow Luigi goes to the vet for the first time. I'm nervous because this is the first time I'm going to the vet too, so I don't know what to expect. I just hope everything goes okay. How is the first visit and what should I expect?

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Comment by Madeline and Bella on July 18, 2013 at 4:08pm

Well, the first vet is usually a rewarding experience because vet's have a lot of knowledge to offer on puppies!

Comment by Ashley Vicari on June 30, 2013 at 7:24pm

I felt that the vet was very helpful. They made me feel comfortable and answered all my questions. checking the chip is a good idea I didn't think about that.

Comment by Linda on June 27, 2013 at 9:51pm

Ashley....glad that everything went good.  How did you feel about the vet?  Comfortable?  Every so often when you take him in ask the vet to check the chip, he may suggest it himself.  They can dislodge so it's always good to check it every once in awhile.

Comment by Ashley Vicari on June 27, 2013 at 7:59pm

The vet went great. He slept most of the time. Micro chipping is done and over. The vet said that he is completely healthy!

Comment by rae on June 27, 2013 at 1:53pm

lots of good advice, you'll want to ask about diet, exercise, and depending on your climate the best methods for flea/tick prevention — for example, some places don't have a lot to worry about ticks because they're not prevalent, some do.

regarding vaccinations, and your vet should discuss them with you (re: annual, etc.) is that you never want to give a corgi more than one vaccine at a time during puppyhood.  if you can, spread them out 7-21 days in between for gauging reactions, etc.  this is generally true for most breeds of puppy, but tons of corgi enthusiasts, experienced breeders, our breeder, and multiple vets (including our vet) have echoed this sentiment and we scheduled all our vaccinations with this in mind.  we tend to be more cautious in terms of medicating pets.

also our breeder gave machete most all of his vaccines from birth, and we didn't have much to catch up on. that said we just got our last lyme vaccine this week, so we're all set for the year.

good luck! enjoy your nugget.

Comment by Ashley Vicari on June 27, 2013 at 10:28am

Thank you for all the advice. 

Aww another Luigi! People I tell the name to laugh as well then say it's cute haha. I like the name Vini. You picked two good names.

Comment by Stacey on June 26, 2013 at 10:18pm

I just wanted to say hello on behalf of another corgi named Luigi.  EVERY time we tell people the name of our dog we get a laugh from them.  Then they want to know if our other corgi is named Mario.  Then we have to tell them his name is Vini . . . as in "My Cousin Vinnie",

Comment by Priss, Charlie & Kaylee (PK) on June 26, 2013 at 8:22pm

It's really not bad at all. Enjoy the extra attention you get from everyone there. Puppies and especially corgi puppies get a lot of attention and affection. ^_^ I do have something to add though. Let Luigi do his business before leaving home and keep him in your arms/lap while at the vet. A lot of sick dogs pass through the waiting room and you don't want to expose him if you don't have too. Same with the grass/potty spot around the building.

Comment by Jane Christensen on June 26, 2013 at 7:55pm

You've gotten good information and do make sure you take her shot/worming record along. Question things also like the shots and also any adverse reactions they could have from them. I had one pup and one kitty react to shots so I would also ask them about Benadryl(or generic) not only for any reactions to this but for bee stings etc.

Comment by Linda on June 26, 2013 at 3:31pm

Andrea pretty much said it all.  I encourage you to ask questions...besides getting answers to what you want to know you will get an idea of what the vet is like.  Is he/she willing to take the time to talk to you, to explain things.  How does the vet handle the puppy...is he/she abrupt or does the vet take the time to pet, tickle a tummy, does he/she talk to the dog to soothe it. Having a good relationship with your vet is as important as having a good one with your own doctor.

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