Puppy & Kitten Care
Bringing home a new pet is always an exciting family event. The addition of a new puppy or kitten to your household is a joyful time, but it is important to remember that young pets are vulnerable and require special attention and care. Village Veterinary Medical Center wants to help you and your new pet get off to a great start together.
The natural immunity to certain diseases gained through nursing diminishes at weaning. Therefore, puppies and kittens need to have their initial veterinary visit between six and seven weeks of age or as soon as they enter your household. Your pet’s first visit includes:
- A comprehensive physical examination of your puppy or kitten
- Your puppy or kitten’s first vaccinations and the development of a vaccination schedule
- Testing for intestinal parasites and de-worming
- Testing for viruses in kittens including feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus
- Beginning heartworm prevention and intestinal parasite control
- Nutrition review including the best diets and proper amount to feed your growing puppy or kitten
- Behavior assessment, instruction, and recommendations for house training (puppies), litter box training (kittens), and safe play toys and treats
- Answering any questions or concerns you might have about your new pet
During your first visit, our veterinarian will also discuss any risks particular to your pet’s breed or environment. Some environmental risks, for example, may affect the types of vaccinations we recommend.
Not all of your new pet’s short-term wellness needs can be met in a single visit. Similar to the schedule with newborn babies, you and your pet should plan to make several visits to Village Vet for wellness exams and vaccinations in the first few months of ownership.
Visits are generally scheduled three to four weeks apart, which gives your veterinarian the opportunity to complete the initial vaccination series, dispense heartworm medication, and monitor any developing medical or behavioral issues. Most pets should undergo spay or neuter surgery at approximately five to six months of age, unless there are specific breed-related recommendations from your veterinarian.
Complete Puppy & Kitten Care
Comprehensive puppy and kitten care is the foundation for healthy growth, lifelong vigor, and longevity in pets. Our veterinarians are committed to personalized care and service, treating each pet as a unique individual. Wellness visits include ample time for discussion about every aspect of the patient’s life and to review the pet owner’s needs.
Please read about our approach to puppy and kitten care:
Contact our hospital to schedule an appointment for your special pet.