Puppies and Kittens

There are few things in life that compare to the joy a new kitten or puppy can bring to a family. You have many wonderful years to look forward to enjoy with your new friend. To get off to a good start there are a few things you should know.

  • Good quality, reputable brand puppy/kitten food should be used. You can follow the directions on the bag as a guide and call us if you need more information on feeding.
  • Free access to water must be available at all times.
  • Playtime and fun interaction with you and your family should be a daily event. This will enrich your pet’s life and bond them to you for years of affection and relationship that is priceless.
  • A microchip will help if your pet is lost or stolen. We will implant this and help you register your pet.
  • Now is a good time to consider purchasing pet health insurance while your pet is young and healthy.
  • Vaccinations are critical at this age. Vaccination technology is always changing and we choose our vaccinations carefully with the latest recommendations in mind. On your first visit with your puppy or kitten, we will explain the vaccine protocol. We recommend starting vaccines as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age.
  • Regular microscopic fecal examinations check for parasites, which are common in puppies and kittens. We will request a sample of stool on two separate visits. Your puppy and kitten most likely will be dewormed at those two visits. Prevention of both internal (intestinal and heartworms) and external (fleas and ticks) parasites will be discussed and prevention recommended.
  • Start to regularly brush your pets teeth. This will help with a lifetime habit that can keep your pet healthier and reduce the risk of dental disease.