Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's an exciting day when your new puppy or kitten finally comes home! Your newest four-legged family member can't help but bring joy to everyone who interacts with them.
Fun as this time might be, you'll also have some serious healthcare business to take care of during your pet's first year.
Your vet can create a custom healthcare plan geared to your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with much support and guidance along the way.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should have their first visit with the vet around 6 weeks of age, and kittens around 8 weeks.
During this initial visit, a veterinarian will provide a thorough physical examination to assess your pet's overall health, check for signs of any congenital defects, and look for external parasites.
The first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations and deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms will also be administered.
Finally, for kittens, we will conduct a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. 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 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:
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- 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
- 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!