Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is a joyous occasion! Everyone who comes into contact with this adorable, cuddly new family member cannot help but smile.
As enjoyable as it is, there is some serious health care business to attend to during your new pet's first year of life.
During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a personalized health care plan to meet their specific needs, as well as provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Puppies should have their first veterinary visit around six weeks of age, and kittens should have their first visit around eight weeks.
During this first visit, your pet will be given a thorough physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer roundworm and hookworm deworming medications, as well as the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
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Finally, we will perform a blood test on kittens to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should have 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits enable our veterinarians to assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on time.
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
Our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and useful information to help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year.
Everything you need to know about your pet's early development is included in our Kitten and Puppy information packs, which include:
Our veterinarians will gladly answer any questions you may have and allay any concerns or worries you may have. We want you and your puppy or kitten to have everything you need to start a wonderful life together!
Reelfoot Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Union City dogs, cats and large animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.