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Congratulations on the Arrival of Your New Pet!

Puppy & Kitten Care

Congratulations on the arrival of your new puppy or kitten! Preventive care is one of our top priorities, and we provide puppy and kitten wellness programs and packages to make it easy for your new pet to get the preventive care he or she needs. Your new pet’s first wellness visit should be at about 6–8 weeks of age. Our puppy and kitten consults generally include a full physical wellness exam, age and lifestyle appropriate vaccinations, deworming, dermatology check, and behavior advice. We are also pleased to provide information on general wellness care for your new pet.

Puppy Vaccinations

Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations, such as:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper/hepatitis
  • Parvovirus/parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella and influenza — Available for puppies with high exposure to other dogs, such as dog parks, kennels, or doggy day care.
  • Lyme Vaccine — Available for dogs with exposure to tick environments

Kitten Vaccinations

Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations, such as:

  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia (distemper)
  • Rhinotracheitis and calicivirus
  • Leukemia

Worm and Parasite Treatment

In addition, we will test and treat your new pet for worms and parasites. Some of the most common intestinal worms found in puppies and kittens are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and coccidia (a protozoan parasite). Puppies and kittens can be infected with worms and parasites from their mother or contact with infected fecal matter. These intestinal parasites can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. Hookworm parasites can even cause your puppy to become anemic (low red blood cells). In some instances, these parasites can be transferred to members of your family or to other pets. Multiple fecal tests will be performed and will allow us to treat your puppy or kitten accordingly.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting the latest addition to your family!