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 the first year of your pet's life, your veterinarian will tailor a health care plan to his or her specific needs and 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 undergo a thorough physical examination to evaluate its overall health, search 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.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should have three to four veterinary examinations. These appointments allow our veterinarians to evaluate your pet's overall health and administer vaccinations on time.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
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 Kitten and Puppy information packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- 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
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
Our veterinarians will gladly answer any questions you may have and alleviate any concerns. We want to ensure that you and your puppy or kitten begin a wonderful life together with everything you need!