Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's an exciting day when you get to bring a new puppy or kitten into your home! Your cute, cuddly new four-legged friend can't help but bring a smile to everyone who interacts with them.
Fun as this time may be, you've got some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.
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 have their first veterinary appointment at about six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, one of our vets will perform a complete physical examination for your pet to assess their general health, check for signs of any congenital defects and look for external parasites.
The first round of kitten or puppy vaccinations and deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms will also be administered.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test 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
From the day you bring your new puppy or kitten home, you're taking on a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your kitten or puppy's first year, our team will offer plenty of support, guidance and helpful information.
In our Kitten and Puppy information packs, you'll find everything you'll need to know about your pet's early development, including:
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Nutrition information
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
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!