Puppy & Kitten Care
It's exciting to bring home a new puppy or kitten! This fluffy and adorable new member of the family can't help but make everyone that meets them smile.
As lively as this time is, there are also a handful of important health care matters to take care of during your new animal companion's first year of life.
Your vet will establish a customized health care plan that meets all of your pet's requirements during their first year, and offer you the guidance and support you need on your journey together!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should attend their first veterinary appointment when they are about six weeks old and kittens approximately eight weeks.
At this first appointment, your kitten or puppy will receive a comprehensive physical examination to evaluate their overall health, check for signs of any congenital defects, and look for external parasites.
We will also apply deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms and give them their first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will conduct a blood test to look for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
When puppies and kittens are between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks old they should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits provide our vets with the opportunity to evaluate your companion's overall health and administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
When you take home a new kitten or puppy you are also taking on many new responsibilities.
To help you through your kitten or puppy's first year, our pet hospital team will give you all of the support, guidance, and useful information you may need.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packs come with everything you will have to know about your new friend's early development, including:
- Nutrition information
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- 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
- Basic puppy training guidelines
Our veterinary team will be happy to answer any puppy or kitten questions you might have, and put any of your worries or concerns to rest. Our vets want to ensure you and your kitten or puppy have everything you will need to have a wonderful life together!