Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is an exciting time! Your adorable new family member is bound to bring a smile to everyone's face.
Fun as it may be, there's also some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.
At Marcello Veterinary Hospital, we will develop a custom healthcare plan to meet your new fur baby's unique needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
We recommend that puppies attend their first veterinary appointment at around six weeks of age, and kittens at around eight weeks.
During your kitten or puppy's initial visit to our hospital, they will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health. Your vet will look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and your puppy or kitten will receive the first round of vaccinations from the vet.
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Finally, for kittens, the vet will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Follow Up Appointments
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments while they are between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow your vet to assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
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 and Puppy information packs 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
Remember, we are always 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 furry friend have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!