Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy home is reason to get excited! This cute and cuddly new member of your family won't be able to help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.
As fun as they may be, there are also some serious healthcare tasks that you will need to take care of throughout your new pet's first year of life.
Your vet will develop a custom healthcare 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 this initial 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 be sure to administer deworming medications for both hookworms and roundworms as well as the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
More About Vaccines & Prevention
Lastly, for kittens, we will perform a blood test in order to check for feline leukemia and 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
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy can come with a lot of new responsibilities in addition to your regular pet care duties.
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 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 vets will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and will be happy to put your worries or concerns to rest. We will want to make sure that your puppy or kitten have everything you need to start your wonderful lives together.