Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's always an exciting time bringing home a new puppy or kitten! Your cute, cuddly new family member is sure to make everyone smile.
As fun as this time is, there are some serious healthcare matters that you must take care of in your puppy or kitten's first year of life to set them up for success.
Our vets 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 while kittens should visit us around eight weeks of age.
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
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 other pets in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
We are happy to answer any questions you might have about how to best care for your pet. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!