Our vets provide advice, care and guidance to pet owners and their kittens and puppies in the North Boulder area during their first year.
Care for Puppies & Kittens
There is a good reason to be excited when a new kitten or puppy is brought into your home. This cuddly and cute family member surely makes everyone who sees 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 work with you to develop a custom treatment plan to meet your young pet's specific needs throughout their first year of life, and will be sure to provide ample advice and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies and Kittens should have their first veterinary appointment at about 8 weeks of age. It is also helpful to have a veterinary visit in the first few days at your home if younger than 8 weeks.
During this first visit, your pet will receive a total physical examination in order to assess their overall health as well as to check for signs of congenital defects or external parasites.
We will provide your pet with deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms as well as their first round of kitten or puppy vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend between three and four veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks old. These appointments allow our vets to assess and monitor your pet's overall health as well as administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Packages
When you bring home a new kitten or puppy, it comes with a lot of responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
We provide packages of information for new puppy or kitten parents containing everything you'll need to know about your pet's early development, including:
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
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!