Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy is an exciting time! Your cuddly and cute new family member is sure to bring a smile to the face of everyone who interacts with them.
Fun as it may be, there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.
Our vets will work with you to develop a custom health care plan designed to meet the specific needs of your pet during their first year of life. We will be sure to give you plenty of support and guidance along the way too.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, you should bring your puppy to our vet hospital at around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit with us, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical examination to assess their overall health, to look for signs of congenital defects and to check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
More About Vaccines & Prevention
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
You should attend at least 3 or 4 kitten or puppy vet appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks for your young pet. These visits allow our veterinarians to assess your pet's overall health and administer their vaccines on schedule to ensure they have a great start to life.
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:
- 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 veterinarians will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and put your concerns to rest. We want to help make sure that your new pet gets the puppy or kitten vet care they need and deserve so you can start your wonderful lives together on the right foot.