Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's an exciting day when you get to bring a new puppy or kitten home? This cute, cuddly new family member probably makes everyone who interacts with them smile.
Fun as this time may be, you'll also have some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year.
Your vet will create a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with lots of guidance and support along the way.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should come in for their first veterinary appointment at about 6 weeks of age, and kittens around 8 weeks.
Your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health during this initial visit. We'll check for external parasites and look for signs of congenital defects.
We will also administer deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, in addition to the first round of kitten or puppy vaccinations.
Finally, we will conduct a blood test for kittens to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits give our vets the opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
Bringing your new puppy or kitten home comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
Our team is here to help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year. We can provide plenty of support, guidance and valuable information.
Our Kitten and Puppy packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet's early development, including:
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Nutrition information
- 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 already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!
New Patients Welcome
Villa Rica Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Villa Rica companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.