Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's an exciting time when you get a new puppy or kitten! Everyone who comes into contact with this adorable, cuddly new family member cannot help but smile.
As entertaining as it may be, your new pet's first year of life also includes some serious healthcare obligations.
During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a personalized health care plan to meet their unique needs, as well as provide you with plenty of support and advice.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should have their first veterinary visit around six weeks of age, and kittens should have their first visit around eight weeks.
During this first visit, your pet will be given a thorough physical examination to assess its overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
In addition, we'll give your puppy or kitten the first round of vaccinations and treat them for roundworms and hookworms.
More About Vaccines & Prevention
Finally, we will perform a blood test on kittens to determine if they have feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should have 3-4 veterinary visits. These visits allow our veterinarian to check your pet's health and administer vaccines.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
Bringing a new puppy or kitten into the house comes with a slew of new responsibilities.
Our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and useful information to help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year.
Our information packs for kittens and puppies include everything you 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 veterinarian will gladly answer any questions you may have and allay any concerns or worries you may have. We want you and your puppy or kitten to have everything you need to start a wonderful life together!