Puppy and Kitten Veterinary Care in Saskatoon
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is a great reason to get excited! This cuddly, cute a loving new family member won't be able to help but 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 critical first year of life.
Your vet 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!
Puppy and Kitten First Appointments
You puppies should ideally have their first veterinary visit around the age of six weeks old. Kittens should have theirs at about 8 weeks.
During your first visit, our vets will provide your pet with deworming medications and a comprehensive physical assessment to check up on their overall health as well as identify any possible congenital defects.
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 vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
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.
Deworming is an important part of your pet’s preventative health care program. Intestinal parasites can occur in both cats and dogs, especially when they venture outdoors. Parasites can deprive your pet of essential nutrients and cause digestive upset. Some can also be transmissible to other animals and humans. Our veterinarians will talk with you about your pet’s risk level for parasitism and set up a schedule for deworming that is tailored to your pet’s needs.
Losing a pet is an unnerving experience for a pet owner, and just imagine how scared a lost pet is. That’s why the medical team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital recommends all pets be microchipped. Collars and ID tags are also encouraged. The more identification, the better!
Microchip identification is for a lifetime. Implantation is simple and painless. Your pet won’t feel a thing! A tiny microchip is gently implanted beneath the skin and between the shoulder blades similar to a routine vaccination. Once your pet is microchipped, be sure to register your current contact information. If you ever move or change phone numbers, make note to update your pet’s microchip too!
Spaying and Neutering
One aspect of responsible pet ownership is having your pet spayed or neutered. Not only are you helping to control pet overpopulation, but spaying and neutering can also help eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of developing certain health and behaviour issues.