Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is an exciting time! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.
Fun as it may be, there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.
During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a personalized health care plan to match their particular needs, as well as give you with lots of support and assistance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this first appointment, we can give your pet a thorough medical examination to assess its overall health, search for symptoms of congenital abnormalities, or check for external parasites.
We are also able to administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we offer blood tests to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our veterinarians to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on the schedule best suited for your pet.
Guidance for Puppy & Kitten Care
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
Our veterinarians can provide you with the guidance, support, and useful information you may need to assist you in caring for your puppy or kitten during their first year.
We are able to provide you with the information you'll need to know about your puppy or kitten's early development, such as:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Nutrition information
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets, already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
Our veterinarians 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!