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Puppy Care and Kitten Care

So you have a new pet and you’re already in love. Now what? It’s time to get your newest furry family member to the vet. You can expect the following during the first visit:

  • Overview of pet care: Our team is dedicated to helping you determine how much food your puppy or kitten needs, what type of food they should eat, and when you should be feeding your pet. We can also provide you with information regarding how to housetrain your new pet and how to handle behavior training.
  • Spaying and neutering advice: Should you or shouldn’t you? Our vets will help you find a custom solution for your pet, including when this should be done.
  • Vaccinations: Your puppy is going to get a DHPP vaccine, which protects them from distemper, hepatitis, and the parvovirus diseases, as well as the Bordetella vaccine and parainfluenza vaccine. Based on the age of your puppy, we may also give it a rabies vaccine. If you have a kitten, it is going to receive the FRCP vaccine, which treats for calicivirus, herpesvirus and the feline panleukopenia disease. Other vaccines are based on age and typically include the rabies vaccine, among others.
  • Heartworm overview: If you have a kitten or puppy that is under six months old, they can begin a heartworm preventive at the first visit without having to have a blood test. Our vets recommend if your pet has been exposed to possibly infected mosquitoes that they use heartworm medication.
  • Discussion of pet health insurance: What is it? Do I need it? Who are the providers?
  • Microchipping: (for dogs and outdoor cats). We recommend you have your pet microchipped. This is an implant that is a one-time expense and is about as small as a grain of rice. If your pet gets lost, they can be found thanks to this registered microchip.
  • Fecal exam: This tests for signs of internal parasites in your pet.
  • We will test cats for FELV and FIV, which are the Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Complete physical exam: Our vets will check the weight and vitals of your pet, look for any signs of birth defects, and provide a thorough evaluation for any signs of abnormalities or disease.

New Puppy Must Haves

  • Puppy Food
  • Food Storage Bin
  • Food and Water Bowls
  • ID Tag
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Bed/Crate
  • Playpen / Baby gate Poop Bags
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Plans for Training
  • Brush Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Flea, Tick & Heartworm Preventative
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Puppy Shampoo
  • Nail Clippers

New Kitten Must Haves

  • Kitten Food
  • Food Storage Bin
  • Food and Water Bowls
  • ID Tag
  • Collar
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Bed / Cat Tree
  • Litter Boxes
  • Litter
  • Scoop for Litter Cat Carrier Brush Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Nail Clippers
  • Scratching Post
  • Flea, Tick and Heartworm Preventative
  • First Aid Supplies