Essential Veterinary Care For Puppies & Kittens
Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your household is an exciting time! Your adorable new family member will be bringing smiles to the faces of everyone they meet.
The joy of becoming a new cat or dog parent can be overwhelming but just remember that you are now faced with some added responsibility. Your new puppy or kitten is at a fragile time of their life. They are depending on you to provide for them and ensure they are thriving. Frequent veterinary care is a big part of this responsibility since their bodies and immune systems are still developing and they can get sick very easily.
Our veterinarians provide the guidance you need and the personalized veterinary care that puppies and kittens need during their critical first year of life.
Your Cat or Dog’s First Appointment
Our veterinarians at Country Meadows Pet Hospital recommend that kittens and puppies attend their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age.
Examination & Diagnostics
During your furry friend's first veterinary checkup, they will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health. Our team will look for signs of any congenital issues, and check for parasites.
For kittens, we will also do a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Parasite Prevention & Vaccinations
Deworming medications and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations will also be provided by your veterinarian during this visit.
Approximately three to four appointments will be needed for puppies and kittens between the ages of six and 16 weeks. These visits allow our team to monitor your companion's health and administer required vaccines.
Puppy & Kitten Wellness
Providing your new puppy or kitten with everything they need to thrive is a big responsibility. We'll help you navigate your cat or dog's critical first year of life, with guidance, support, and helpful information each step of the way, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on spaying and neutering
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease and feline leukemia
- Tips on socializing your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including any cats or dogs already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Litterbox training
- Behavioural guidance
- Nutrition information
At each appointment, our veterinary team will make time to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns about your four-legged friend's health. We're here to help you provide your new puppy or kitten with the best possible care now and as they continue to grow.