Congratulations on the new addition to the family! For many pet lovers, there’s nothing more exciting and fun than getting a new puppy or kitten. We’ll be your partner in making sure your young pet gets started off on the right paw, because the first few months of life are critical to their development, future health and well-being.
You should schedule your puppy or kitten to see the veterinarian as soon as possible after you adopt, as puppies and kittens need an initial series of vaccines during their first 16 weeks of life to protect them from disease.
After your puppy or kitten has completed these first series of shots, your veterinarian will recommend a vaccine protocol that best fits your pet’s lifestyle. Vaccinating your pet is the most effective way to prevent certain diseases in your dog or cat—and to protect your human family as well, since some diseases that affect pets can be transmitted to people.
If you have a puppy or a kitten, this first exam is the perfect time to discuss spaying and neutering, obedience & housebreaking for dogs, litterbox training for cats and to get started with a flea, tick and heartworm prevention products.
We also strongly advise microchipping your pet. Microchips are inexpensive, quick and painless to implant and can significantly increase the chances your pet is returned to you if lost.
Finally, you might want to consider enrolling in a pet insurance plan at this time. These plans are very reasonable for young animals, can spare you thousands of dollars in veterinary expenses, and even save your pet’s life down the road.
Have questions about caring for your new pet or ready to make an appointment? Call us at (815) 678-1101.