Care For Your New Puppy or Kitten
One of the most exciting moments is when your new pet sees their new family and home for the first time.
While your new pet will bring much happiness into your home it's important to keep in mind that their health care during this time is incredibly important.
Your vet will discuss any veterinary recommendations that they have for your new pet's specific needs during their first year of life as well as any advice they may have to help you care for your new pet.
The First Vet Visit
It is recommended that puppies should ideally have their initial veterinary visit around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your vet will conduct a thorough physical examination to determine their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
Your vet will use this first vet visit to administer any necessary vaccinations as well as parasite prevention medication to help protect your puppy or kitten.
If your new pet is a kitten then your vet will conduct a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
It is suggested that your vet sees your new pet roughly 4 times by the time that they reach 16 weeks of age. During these visits your companion's overall health will be checked and any preventive care needed will be provided.
When you have a new puppy or kitten there will be a large amount of information to retain.
In order to help you provide the best care for your new pet, your vet will provide you with any relevant information and be available for you to ask any questions you may have. They may also provide you with an information package for your new puppy or kitten.
Our information packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s health in the first year, including:
- When they should receive vaccinations and parasite prevention
- Information on spaying and neutering your new 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 that are already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
Our goal is to help your new pet make a seamless transition into your family while ensuring their lifelong health and happiness.