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Puppy & Kitten Care

We know how exciting new pets can be! Which is why we believe it is important for you to schedule a wellness exam as soon as possible, ensuring your pet is on the path to a long, happy and healthy life. 

Some pets may encounter fear and anxiety when coming to the vet, and that’s ok! But, the sooner you bring in your new pet, the more likely they are to be comfortable and hopefully less stressed! 

Whether you have a new puppy or kitten, there are two services we highly recommend: Spay/ Neuter and Microchipping. 

 

Microchipping

Pets can be microchipped at any age, but the sooner the better! Once the microchip is inserted, it helps maximize the chances of your pet being returned to you should they ever be lost. 

Microchips are harmlessly inserted beneath the skin, beneath the shoulder blades. 

The insertion process takes only a few seconds and is completely harmless. This procedure can be done on the same day as other services, such as a routine exam or a procedure. 

To learn more about the microchipping of pets, click here

 

Spay/Neuter Procedure

The recommended time to perform the spay/neuter procedure is around 6 months of age. Timing of the procedure may vary in some cases depending on existing health conditions, but we will work with you to discuss what time would be best for your pet. 

Pets can return home the same day and recovery is speedy, usually, your pet will just rest a little more for a couple of days. 

This procedure is extremely beneficial for your pet’s health, your peace of mind, and the pet community too! 

To learn more about the spay/neuter procedure, click here

Puppy Care

Wellness Exams

Wellness exams for puppies should be scheduled at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. This will allow us to carefully monitor your pet’s growth and ensure that they are on a path to live a long, happy and healthy life. 

Puppy wellness visits will typically include a full physical examination, a fecal exam, and core and non-core vaccinations. 

 

Vaccinations

Vaccines can help keep your puppy protected against life-threatening illnesses, which is extremely important in younger pups due to their weak immune systems. 

Before your puppy has been fully vaccinated, please be conscious of where you take them. Avoid other places where dogs are to avoid the risks of disease. This includes dog parks, kennels, and groomers. 

Core vaccines are highly encouraged for all dogs, this includes: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Rabies, and Leptospirosis

Non-core vaccines are recommended based on your pet’s lifestyle, risk of exposure, and health condition. This involves Bordetella (kennel cough) and Canine Influenza.

To learn more about how to keep your pets safe with vaccines, click here.

Kitten Care

Wellness Exams

Kitten exams are typically scheduled at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. This allows us to carefully monitor your kitten’s growth, prevent illness and catch parasites early on. 

A kitten wellness exam usually includes a physical examination, a fecal exam, vaccine recommendations, and tests for health conditions common in kittens. 

 

Vaccinations

Before your kitten has been fully vaccinated, it is recommended that you keep them in your home and away from any other cats or pets. 

Core vaccines are recommended for all cats, regardless of living conditions or health. This includes Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Rabies.

Non-core vaccines are recommended for cats based on lifestyle, health conditions and risk of exposure. 

To learn more about vaccines and how they can keep your pet safe, click here.   

 

Multi-cat Households

If you have other cats living in your household, we recommend your new kitten be tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) before they interact with other cats in your household. 

Since cats are instinctively territorial, we recommend introducing your new kitten to other cats in your household slowly. Start by keeping them in separate rooms for a week, this will let the, get used to the smell of each other. Then, you can place the kitten in a carrier for your other cat(s) to see. Then, when you feel it is appropriate, let them interact. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or would like advice on how to properly introduce your new kitten to your cat(s).

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