Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy is worth getting excited about! This cute and cuddly new member of your family won't be able to help but bring a smile to the face of everyone who sees them.
As fun as your new pet may be, there is also some important healthcare business that you will need to take care of during their first year of life.
Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty 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 the initial visit to the vet with your puppy or kitten, they will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, check for the signs of any congenital defects and to check their skin 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
Lastly, for kittens, we will perform comprehensive blood testing to check for feline leukemia and the feline immunodeficiency virus.
Kittens and puppies should aim to attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments by the time they are around 16 weeks old. These visits will give our vets the chance to assess your pet's overall health and well-being as well as administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
In order to help you to navigate your kitten or puppy's first year of life, our team will be here to provide you with 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:
- Nutrition information
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- 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
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!