Individualized Care For Your Puppy or Kitten
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is an exciting adventure for the whole family! This cuddly, cute and loving new family member will make everyone who interacts with them smile.
As fun as the newest member of your family may be, there is also some very important healthcare business you will need to attend to throughout their first year of life.
Puppy and Kitten First Appointments
Puppies and kittens are usually adopted out around seven or eight weeks of age, and should have their first veterinary visit with their new owner as soon as possible after adoption. If you adopt an older kitten or puppy, we also recommend bringing it for a check-up within a few days of adoption.
During your first visit, your veterinarian will do a thorough physical examination of your new family member, assessing them for any underlying conditions that may require treatment. This includes congenital issues, infectious diseases, but also easily treatable conditions such as intestinal worms, ear mites, and external parasites. We will answer your questions about how to care for your new pet, and explain the milestones you can expect developmentally and healthcare-wise.
Getting your pet started on a proper vaccination program early will help keep them healthy for life. As the immunity their mother provided them starts to wane, it is important to time the vaccines properly so their own immune system is prepared to protect them from exposure to diseases.
You will also have some homework to do! Kittens and puppies required training and socialization. Properly caring for your little one now will pay off in years to come as they become a valued member of your household.
Puppy and Kitten Follow Up Appointments
Kittens and puppies should attend between three and four veterinary appointments between the ages of six and sixteen weeks. These appointments allow our veterinarians to assess your pet's overall health, monitor their growth, and administer all required vaccines and dewormers.
Spaying and neutering usually occurs around 5 or 6 months in cats, and 6 to 12 months in dogs, depending on the breed.
Addressing your puppy or kitten's needs now will prevent issues down the road with infectious diseases, behavioural problems, and other concerns. You will gain a healthy, friendly family member!