Whether you are a first-time pet owner or a seasoned pro with a new addition to your family, we are here to help keep your new puppy or kitten happy and healthy! It’s such a thrilling and exciting time; you have their food, their bed and everything you need to welcome home your new companion. While you may have already made arrangements for a local training class or tracked the distance to the nearest local dog park for playtime, it is important that you schedule this initial wellness exam.
During this first visit, our doctors will give a thorough examination, discuss dietary requirements to support them during their growth stage, as well as develop a vaccine protocol suitable for your pet’s lifestyle. Since starting year-round flea and heartworm preventive is so important, we will send you home that day with a complimentary first dose of monthly heartworm and flea and tick prevention for your puppy. It’s not uncommon for puppies and kittens to have worms, fleas, and ear mites, so you’ll want to get on board with any necessary treatment right away for the health of your pet and your household. We will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering, microchipping, and the like.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, there are many health advantages to spaying and neutering your pet, including the elimination of certain cancers or infections. Spaying or neutering your pet will not alter their personality, but it can minimize unwanted behaviors such as male aggression or urine spraying in cats. While the traditional age for spay or neutering your dog has been six to nine months, a number of studies conducted over the last several years have suggested that, especially for some larger breeds, delaying surgery until they are at least one year of age allows for better physical development and skeletal maturity, in addition to long term health benefits.
We look forward to meeting your new friend and to being a resource for many years to come. Please contact us to set up your important puppy or kitten exam!