Care for Puppies & Kittens
Adding a new addition to your family is an incredible experience. Your new companion is sure to cause a fair bit of excitement once it arrives.
Fun as it may be, you need to also remember that there will be very specific healthcare needs that come along with your new furry friend.
Your vet will develop a custom healthcare plan to meet your companion's needs as well as provide you with support and advice during their first year.
Your Pet’s First Vet Visit
Your puppy vet will recommend that they should typically have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age.
Your kitten vet on the other hand will suggest that your kitten has their first appointment around eight weeks of age.
During this initial visit puppy or kitten vet visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any 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.
Follow Up Appointments
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments 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 Education
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 to help make a smooth transition.
Specifically, we can take time during your pet's routine checkups to share everything you need to know about your puppy or kitten's early development and what to watch out for.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- A schedule for vaccinations and medical care, based on your pet's age and development
- 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
- Recommended nutrition information
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 begin a wonderful life together!