ANSWER: Without hesitation, the first thing to do is make an appointment with your veterinarian (if you do not have one, your first examination at our office is performed at no charge). He or she will make sure your new pet is healthy and answer any questions you may have. The intention is to get you started off right, from the beginning. They will discuss with you things like vaccinations, nutrition, parasites, surgery, and behavior. After almost 40 years of being a veterinarian, I can reasonably predict which owners will have a successful relationship with their pet and which will not. The successful ones will be the ones who listened to their vet and followed their advice.