Bringing home a new kitten or puppy is a very exciting time! This cuddly, cute and joyful new member of the family won't be able to help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.
As fun as it may be, there is also some serious health care business that needs attending to throughout the first few months and year of your young pet's life.
The team at our hospital will develop a custom health care plan to meet your puppy or kitten's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
A puppy's first vet appointment should be at about 6-weeks-old. Kittens should visit the vet for the first time at about 8 weeks of age.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital 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.
Kittens and puppies should attend three or four veterinary appointments while they are between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits will allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccinations on schedule.
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy comes with lots of new responsibilities.
In order to help you to navigate your kitten or puppy's first year, our team will be able to provide you with 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:
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!
Looking for a vet in Sacramento? South Sacramento Pet Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about animal healthcare. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.