Your pet’s first visit to our practice marks the beginning of a cooperative effort between you and our health care team. Bringing a puppy or kitten into your family marks the beginning of a very happy, sometimes trying, and always exciting time in your life! Our practice wants to help you and your new pet get off to a great start together. We recommend scheduling your first visit with a veterinarian at 6 weeks of age, usually as soon as your puppy or kitten joins the family. You can expect this visit to include:

 

  • A comprehensive physical examination of your puppy or kitten
  • Our 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: Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Beginning heart-worm preventive and parasite control medication
  • Nutrition: what and how much to feed
  • Behavior and what to expect or modify (including house training for puppies)
  • Answering any questions regarding your new puppy or kitten. During this visit, your 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 your veterinarian recommends

 

 

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