Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is a joyous occasion! This adorable, cuddly new family member cannot help but bring a smile to everyone who comes into contact with them.
As enjoyable as it is, there is some serious health care business to attend to during your new pet's first year.
Your veterinarian will create a customized health care plan for your pet's first year, and will provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should see their first veterinarian around six weeks of age, while kittens should see their first veterinarian around eight weeks.
Your pet will receive a comprehensive physical examination during this initial visit to determine their overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
Additionally, we will administer roundworm and hookworm deworming medications, as well as the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, we will perform a blood test on kittens to determine if they have feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should have three to four veterinary appointments. Our veterinarians use these visits to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on time.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
To assist you in navigating the first year with your puppy or kitten, our team will provide ample guidance, support, and useful information.
Our information packs for kittens and puppies include everything you 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 will assuage any concerns or worries you may have. We want to ensure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to start on the right foot!