Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time! This cuddly and cute new family member won't be able to help buy make everyone who interacts with them smile.
Fun as it may be, there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.
Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Puppies should ideally have their first appointment at a vet hospital 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 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 anywhere between 3 and 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our team to assess the overall health and well-being of your pet and to administer their vaccines on schedule.
Bringing home a new kitten or puppy comes with its own major share of responsibilities.
To help you navigate the first year with your puppy or kitten, our vets are happy to provide guidance, advice and high-quality care.
Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages 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. When it comes to your kitten or puppy, our vets want to make sure you have everything you need to start a wonderful life together.
West Gate Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets in Enterprise, AL welcome you and your beloved companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.