Congratulations on the arrival of your new puppy or kitten! Animal House Veterinary Hospital provides puppy and kitten wellness programs designed to start your new family member off on the right paw. We provide your new pet with comprehensive veterinary services from birth through adulthood. Our puppy and kitten programs generally require three to four office visits and contain the following:
- A full physical wellness exam
- Age and lifestyle appropriate vaccinations
- Heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention (deworming)
- Behavioral advice
- Nutritional advice
- Breed specific issues (such as bloat, cardiac disease, skin conditions, eye problems, and orthopedic issues)
Vaccinations are an important part of protecting your pet’s health. Many serious pet diseases can be prevented by following a proper vaccination schedule. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will review the vaccine options for your pet. Certain vaccinations are required, but there are many others that should be considered based on your pet’s age and lifestyle. Puppies and kittens require a three to four visit vaccination schedule followed by annual boosters.
Intestinal Parasite Treatment
In addition, your new pet will be tested and treated for intestinal parasites, some of which include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidian, and Giardia. One of the most common intestinal parasites of puppies and kittens is roundworms. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting or diarrhea. Performing a fecal test will allow us to treat your puppy or kitten accordingly.
Spaying & Neutering
We recommend female puppies and kittens be spayed before they go into heat for the first time to prevent pregnancy. This generally occurs around 5–6 months of age. Additionally, this maximizes the health benefits to your pet by decreasing the chances of getting:
- Breast cancer
- Uterine infection
We recommend male puppies and kittens be neutered between 2–5 months of age. For male dogs and cats, the main purpose of neutering is to prevent them from developing:
- Unwanted behaviors—Male-directed aggression in dogs or urine spraying in cats
- Roaming—Looking for females in heat
- Testicular cancer
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia
We look forward to meeting the latest addition to your family! Please contact us to schedule an appointment.