Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's very exciting bringing a new puppy or kitten home! Your cute, cuddly new family is sure to make everyone who interacts with them smile.
Although this is a fun time, there are also some serious healthcare needs to attend to during the first year of your new pet's life.
Our Smyrna vets will develop a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs and be there to offer guidance and answer any questions you might have about providing for your new friend.
Your First Kitten or Puppy Vet Visit
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital (birth) defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Your pet should attend 3 to 4 kitten or puppy hospital visits 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.
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 New Pet Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- 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
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
Our vets will be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!