Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy is a real reason to be excited. This cuddly and cute new addition to your family won't be able to help but bring a smile to the faces of everyone who sees them.
As fun as your new puppy or kitten may be, there is also some serious health care business to attend to during the first year of your pet's life.
Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During your first visit to the vet, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical examination to gauge its overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and to check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, we will perform blood testing on all kittens to check them for signs of either feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus.
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 Information Packs
While bringing home a new puppy or kitten is incredibly exciting, it also comes with a whole host of important responsibilities.
To help you to navigate your kitten or puppy's first year, our veterinary team will be sure to provide plenty of support, guidance, and information.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- Nutrition information
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets, already living in your home
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
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!