Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's an exciting day when you get to bring a new puppy or kitten home for the first time! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.
Fun as these days may be, you'll also have some serious healthcare business to take care of in your new pet's first year.
Your vet can create a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and offer plenty of support and guidance along the way.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should attend their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens at about eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical examination to check their overall health, identify any signs of congenital defects, and look for external parasites.
Deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms will also be administered, along with the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, we'll perform a blood test for kittens 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
Along with your little bundle of fur, you'll be taking on a lot of new responsibilities when it comes to your puppy or kitten's health.
To help you navigate your kitten or puppy's first year, our team will offer plenty of guidance, helpful information and support.
Our Kitten and Puppy Information packs have 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 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!