Care for Puppies & Kittens
The day you get to bring home your new puppy or kitten is overwhelming but exciting! This adorable, cuddly new friend has probably already stolen the hearts of everyone they've met.
As fun as this time is, it is also a critical period in their healthcare journey.
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, your new puppy should have their first vet appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens should be seen by a vet around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, check for external parasites, and look for signs of congenital defects.
This is also the time that we provide deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, and give them their first round of puppy and kitten vaccinations.
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 an important blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Packages
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Nutrition information
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- 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 spaying and neutering your pet
Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. Our vets at Siskiyou Veterinary Hospital want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!