Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life
Your pet's first year of care is customized based on their specific needs and designed to protect them against many infectious diseases. Puppies and kittens require physical exams and vaccines every three weeks until they are four months of age to ensure a strong immune system.
Below are our recommendations your new addition's first year:
- Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
- Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed.
- Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for heartworm at 6 months of age, if not previously, and put on heartworm prevention. Kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline AIDS (FIV) at their first visit. We also recommend two negative fecal tests on each pet to be sure they are clear of any transmittable intestinal parasites.
- Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.