For puppies and kittens, we like to do a series of
that are 3-4 weeks apart. This is of course depending on the age of your puppy or kitten. In these series of exams, your pet’s doctor will be able to follow the growth of your furry-friend and ensure that they are developing correctly while also building their immunity to life-threatening diseases through a series of vaccines.
When you first bring in your new puppy or kitten, we suggested bringing them to us to establish their care and create a plan for their future health. Not only will bringing in your new family member help socialize them with new people, sights, and smells, but it was also help us help you to set them up for success in their new lives.
Your pet’s first exam with us is when you initially bring them in. Frequently we will see puppies/kittens around 8 weeks old, but as long as your pet is younger than a year old, it will still count as their first exam.
Our recheck exam is usually for pets near 12 weeks old and is an important exam to assess the growth of your pet.
The next exam takes place when they are 16 weeks old. Your doctor will assess their growth and health, finalize their immunization, and begin discussing the next steps as your pet becomes an adult.
Spay/Neuter Your Pet
Depending on the breed and age of your pet, your veterinarian will suggest a plan on when it is most beneficial to fix them. We will commonly discuss this during their final puppy/kitten exam, but if you have any questions or concerns before then, we are more than happy to answer
Housetraining Kittens & Puppies
Housetraining can begin as soon as you bring your new puppy or kitten home. Puppies need to eliminate after feeding, drinking, exercise or play, and after waking. Try to put the animal out into the garden or on a grassy area immediately following any of these events. Be sure to praise him when he is done. Never reprimand your puppy for “accidents”. Most kittens will instinctively use a litter box, and may have already been using a litter box prior to coming to your home. If this is the case, try to use the same litter that it is accustomed to. The litter box should be of washable plastic with sides low enough for the kitten to climb in. Make sure the box is frequently cleaned, as most cats will avoid a dirty litter box. The litter box should be situated in a quiet area of the house and always be easily accessible to the kitten. If you see the kitten stop what it is doing and start sniffing about, immediately place in the litter box. Be sure to praise the kitten when it is done. Never reprimand a kitten for any “accidents”.
Socializing Puppies & Kittens
The best time to socialize is from 4 to 12 weeks of age. During this window of time, the puppy or kitten is very impressionable to new experiences, thus it is important to avoid any negative experiences that may have unfortunate consequences later on in life. Aim to provide the puppy with positive exposure to men, women, children, other dogs, cats, and especially vets. Keep in mind, though, that during this period of socialization your puppy or kitten may not have completed its course of vaccination, and should not be exposed to any potential sources of disease.