It's an exciting day the first time you bring a new puppy or kitten home! This cute, snuggly new family member can't help but make everyone around them smile.
Fun as this time may be, there is also some serious health care business you need to take care of within your new pet's first year of life.
Your vet can develop a custom health care plan targeted to your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of guidance and support along the way!
Ideally, puppies should have their first veterinary appointment at approximately six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this first visit, your veterinarian will give your pet a complete physical examination to evaluate their overall health, check for signs of any congenital defects, and look for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, we will perform a blood test for kittens to check for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's general health and to administer vaccines on an appropriate schedule.
Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home comes with many new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will offer plenty of guidance, support and helpful information.
Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
Our vets 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 puppy or kitten have everything you need to start a wonderful life together!
Tumwater Veterinary Hospital is welcoming new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Tumwater companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.