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 healthcare 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 meet their specific needs, as well as provide you with plenty of support and guidance!
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 initial visit, your pet will be given a thorough physical examination in order to assess their overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
More About Vaccines & Prevention
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
A puppy or kitten should attend 3 to 4 checkups between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Guidance
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our veterinarians will always be available to answer any questions you may have and allay any concerns or worries you may have. Feel free to let us know if you have questions regarding anything like:
- Vaccinations and medical care schedules
- Spaying and neutering your pet
- Common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Socializing your puppy or kitten with animals and people
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
We want you and your puppy or kitten to have everything you need to start a wonderful life together!