Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing a new dog or kitten home is a joyous occasion! Everyone who comes into contact with this adorable, cuddly new family member cannot help but grin.
As enjoyable as your new pet is, there is some important healthcare business to attend to during your new pet's first year of life.
Your veterinarian will develop a custom healthcare 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 when they're around 6 weeks old and kittens when they are around 8 weeks old.
During this initial visit, pets 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.
We will also test them for intestinal parasites and provide you with information that fits your situation.
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 doctors to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.