It's exciting to adopt a new pet - there is no doubt about that, but it is important not to forget about the many responsibilities that come with a puppy or kitten!
There are some serious healthcare items to take care of during your new pet's first year of life. Thankfully our Rice Creek vets are here to get your new companion off to a great start.
Your vet will develop a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, 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.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
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.
At Rice Creek Animal Hospital, we understand how important your puppies and kittens are to you and your family. Our team of experienced veterinarians and staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and medical treatment for your furry friends.