Besides buying supplies and making your home pet-safe, it is important to bring your new pet to your veterinarian for a complete check-up. Your veterinarian will perform a complete examination to ensure that your cat or dog is healthy and determine if they need any vaccines, diagnostic testing and or preventatives. They will also look for external parasites, like fleas and ticks, and check for internal parasites, like roundworms, and tapeworms. Checking your new pet for medical issues and parasites before you bring them home can save you a big headache in long run. Getting a new pet is exciting. Be sure you get your new friend off to a good start by taking them to your veterinarian right away.