Puppy & Kitten Check Up
It's thrilling to bring home a new puppy or kitten! This furry and adorable new family member has no choice but to make everyone who meets them smile.
As exciting as this is, you are also taking on a range of important health care responsibilities during your new animal companion's first year of life.
Your vet will establish a health care plan that's customized to meet the specific health care needs of your pet during their first year of life. They will also provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should see the vet for the first time when they are approximately six weeks old, and kittens about eight weeks.
At this first visit, your furry friend will receive a full physical examination to evaluate their overall health, test for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
Your vet will also provide them with deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and administer their first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
For kittens, your vet will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments when they are between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These appointments give our vets the opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer all vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
You will have many new responsibilities when you take home a new puppy or kitten.
To help you through your puppy or kitten's first year, our veterinary team will offer you lots of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packs come with everything you might need to know about the early development of your new pet, including:
- Nutrition information
- 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
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets that already live in your home
Our vets are here to answer any of your questions and can put any of your concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to start a wonderful life together!