Welcoming a new family member into your home? Our Smokey Point vets offer the guidance, advice, and quality of veterinary care required during your puppy or kitten's critical first year of life.

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

The day your furry new friend comes home is an exciting one! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.

Fun though the early months may be, there will be some serious health care considerations that need to be taken care of during your new pet's first year of life.

Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's unique needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!

Puppies & Kittens, Smokey Point Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary visit when they are around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.

During this initial visit, your pet will undergo a complete physical exam, during which the vet will assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.

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We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, as well as the initial round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Followup Appointments

Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between when they are between 6 and 16 weeks old. 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 get your puppy or kitten off to a great start, 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
  • Information on spaying and neutering your pet
  • Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
  • Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • Nutrition information

Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!

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