Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care in Pittsboro
Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing a new kitten or puppy home is a real reason to get excited! Your new pet is cute, cuddly and won't be able to help but bring a smile to the face of anyone who sees them.
As fun as your new pet may be, there is also some serious health-related business you will need to attend to during the first weeks, months and years of your pet's 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!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should come into our veterinary hospital for their first appointment at about 6-weeks-old. Kittens should come in for theirs at around 8-weeks-old.
During the first visit with us, our vets will provide your pet with a comprehensive physical exam in order to gauge their general health as well as check for signs of congenital defects and 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 3 or 4 appointments with a veterinarian between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks of age. These appointments give our veterinary team the chance to evaluate and monitor your young pet's health throughout their first year as well as administer required vaccinations on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
In order to help you navigate your kitten or puppy's first year of life, our team will be sure to give you as much guidance and support as possible along with helpful information.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- Nutrition information
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
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!