Healthcare 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.
As enjoyable as it is, there is some serious healthcare business to attend to during your new pet's first year of life.
During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a 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 visit, your pet will be given a thorough physical examination to assess its overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites. For kittens, we will also perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Vaccinations & Parasite Prevention
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
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.
Guidance on Puppy & Kitten Care
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 schedule for vaccinations and medical care
- 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 allay any concerns or worries you may have. We want you and your puppy or kitten to have everything you need to start a wonderful life together!