Puppies and kittens need the proper care to get them off to a good start. Young animals have their own unique set of problems, including:
- Intestinal parasites
- Infectious diseases
- Ear mites and other external parasites
- Birth defects
A thorough physical examination is important for young puppies and kittens. Identifying problems early allows proper treatment to begin promptly. We recommend bringing in your new puppy or kitten for the first time at 7-8 weeks of age. An exam may be necessary earlier than this if you think your new pet has a problem.
Initial Visit (7-8 weeks of age):
Bring the following with you on your first visit:
- Your new puppy or kitten!
- A stool sample (less than 24 hours old) to check for intestinal parasites
- Any written medical or vaccination history that you may have
The doctor will give your pet a comprehensive physical examination. Testing for certain infectious diseases may also be recommended at this time. The doctor will also discuss:
- Proper nutrition
- Behavior/obedience training
- Vaccination recommendations
- Heartworm prevention
- Flea and tick control
- Spaying and neutering
Be sure to come prepared with questions; making a list ahead of time is often useful. We are happy to spend all the time necessary with you to ensure that your new pet gets off to a good start.
Follow-up visits are usually necessary at 3-4 week intervals until your pet is at least 15-16 weeks old. Booster vaccinations are typically given at these times, and any problems previously identified are reevaluated.