Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy is an exciting time! This new cuddly and cute family member can't help but to make all who interact with them smile.
As fun as your new pet may be, there is also some serious health care business you will need to take care of throughout your pet's first year of life.
Your veterinarian will develop a custom health care plan in order to meet your pet's unique needs throughout their first year as well as providing you with guidance and support all along the way.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Your new puppy or kitten should have their first veterinary appointment at about eight weeks of age.
At this first visit, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical examination in order to assess their overall health, to search for signs of congenital defects and to check their coat for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for intestinal parasites like hookworms or roundworms, as well as your kitten or puppy's first round of vaccinations.
Finally, for your kitten, we will perform a blood test in order to check for signs of feline immunodeficient virus and feline leukemia.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 veterinary appointments between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Healthcare Counseling
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy can come with many new responsibilities and concerns in making sure they start off on the right foot.
Our veterinary team is here for you with kitten and puppy healthcare counseling all throughout their first year, providing you with expert guidance and information on everything you need to know, from nutritional needs to house-training, grooming and behavioral training.
We also will supply you with Puppy Packages and Kitten Packages, containing everything you need to know about your pet's early development, including:
- Nutrition information
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!