Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's an exciting day when you get to bring a new puppy or kitten home! Your adorable new family member can't help but bring a smile to everyone who interacts with them.
Fun as this time may be, you've also got some serious healthcare business to take care of as you navigate your new pet's first year of life.
Your vet will create a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs in their first year. We can also offer plenty of support and guidance along the way.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should have their initial veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens at about eight weeks.
At this first visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, check for signs of any congenital defects, and look for external parasites.
Deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms will be administered, along with the first round or puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will conduct a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits will give our vets an opportunity to check your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
When you bring home your new puppy or kitten, you'll also be taking on a lot of new responsibilities.
Our team can provide plenty of support, guidance and valuable information to help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year.
In our Kitten and Puppy information packs, you'll find everything you need to know about your pet's early development, including:
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
- 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
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 start a wonderful life together!