The addition of a new puppy or kitten to your home can be an incredibly exciting time. This new energetic family member will bring out the best in all those around them.
While is an exciting time for you and your family it is important to remember that your new furry friend will be in need of healthcare that is critical for not only the first year of their life but also to help set them up for lifelong health.
Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Our vets recommend that you bring your new puppy in for their initial visit when they are approximately six weeks of age and kittens should see us when they are around eight weeks of age.
For this initial visit, your vet will perform a routine physical examination, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations in order to provide ongoing protection for your new pet.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, your new puppy or kitten should visit the vet around 3 or 4 times. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Whether you bring home a new puppy or a new kitten they will require great responsibility.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packages include a variety of useful tips and advice including:
Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We are here to help you and your pet live a comfortable and happy life with one another.
Millbrook Valley Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Millbrook companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.