It's an exciting day when you get to bring your new puppy or kitten home! Your cute, cuddly new family member will soon be making everyone they meet a smile.
As fun as this time can be, there is also some serious healthcare business to attend to during your new pet's first year.
Your veterinarian will create a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's unique needs during their first year. We can also provide 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.
During this initial checkup, your pet will receive a complete head-to-toe physical examination to evaluate their overall health. Specifically, the vet will check the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth for signs of disease, infection, or parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
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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.
When you bring home your new puppy or kitten, you're also taking on many new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our veterinary team will offer plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Specifically, we can share everything you need to know about your pet's early development, including:
Our vets will be 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 all the veterinary care you need to begin a wonderful life together in Ruckersville!
We always look forward to welcoming new patients. Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of companion animals in Ruckersville. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.