It's an exciting day when you bring a new puppy or kitten home! Your cute, cuddly new four-legged friend can't help but make anyone who interacts with them smile.
Fun as this time may be, you've also got some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year.
Your vet will create a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and offer plenty of guidance and support along the way.
Ideally, puppies should have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
At this initial visit, your veterinarian will assess your pet's overall health by performing a complete physical examination to check for any signs of external parasites or congenital defects.
We will also administer deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, and the first round of kitten or puppy vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
When you bring home a new puppy or kitten, you're also taking on a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of support, guidance and valuable information. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Limehouse Veterinary Clinic is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Glendale companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.