Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's an exciting day when you get to bring a new puppy or kitten home! Your cute, cuddly new family member likely brings a smile to anyone who interacts with them.
As fun as this time may be, you've also got some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year.
Your vet at Bear Creek Veterinary Hospital can create a custom healthcare plan tailored to your pet's specific needs throughout their first year, and offer plenty of guidance and support.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should have their first veterinary appointment at about 6 weeks of ave, and kittens at approximately 8 weeks.
Your pup will receive a thorough physical examination during this initial visit so your vet can evaluate their overall health, check for external parasites and look for signs of any congenital defects.
The first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations will be administered, along with deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms.
Finally, for kittens, the vet will conduct a blood test to look for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. During these visits, our vets will assess your pet's general health and administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Packages
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Nutrition information
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
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 everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!