Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is exciting! You have provided toys, a comfortable bed, and lots of love-but, have you scheduled their first veterinary visit?
The most important thing you can do for your new furry friend is to ensure they receive the services they need early on. Younger pets lack immunity to disease and illness, which is why it's important to schedule their first appointment within the first few days of bringing them home. This gives us the timely opportunity to perform their first physical exam, and recommend an appropriate vaccination schedule and diagnostic work.
You can also expect to discuss services such as spay/neuter procedure, microchipping, parasite testing and preventatives, nutrition, and training and socialization.
We recommend scheduling several physical exams during your pet's first year of life because their immune system is not fully developed. This way, we can catch signs of disease and illness right away when they are most treatable. Frequent puppy and kitten exams also provide us with a baseline of health that we can refer to throughout your pet's life.
Not every vaccination benefits every pet. That's why we carefully plan an appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet that considers factors such as health status, lifestyle, and risk of exposure.
We recommend heartworm testing before your pet reaches one year of age. This is a deadly disease that primarily effects dogs, but can also infect cats. We also recommend testing kittens for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS virus.