Just as you have an annual checkup with your doctor, your Chihuahua should see the vet regularly. Once you get the hang of them, they’re no big deal, but you can use the tips on the following list to help get you through your Chihuahua’s first checkup:

  • To reduce the probability of carsickness, feed your dog a couple of biscuits an hour or more before driving to the clinic.

  • Take along a roll of paper towels and a container of wet wipes in case a quick cleanup is necessary.

  • Take a copy of your dog’s health record.

  • Transport your dog in a crate. Secure the crate so it won’t tumble if you have to swerve or make a quick stop.

  • Make a list of your dog care questions and bring it along. Vets are glad to answer appropriate questions about feeding, grooming, toenail trimming, and anything else related to your Chihuahua’s health.

  • Take notes when the veterinarian gives instructions.

  • Follow the instructions exactly. Medications must be given at the right time and in the correct dosage or they won’t work.