Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's always an exciting time when you bring home a new puppy or kitten. Your cute, cuddly new friend is sure to make everyone around them smile.
As fun as this time is, it's very important you attend to all your new pet's important first-year healthcare needs.
Your vet will work with you to develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's unique needs—providing you with lots of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
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
There are a lot of responsibilities that come with getting a new pet.
To help you navigate your journey with puppy or kittenhood, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our new pet 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 vets are happy to answer any questions you may have about providing care for your new family member. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!