It's a joyous day when you get to bring your new puppy or kitten home! This cuddly new family member will probably bring a smile to everyone they meet.
As entertaining and momentous as this time may be, you'll also have some serious healthcare matters to attend to during your new pet's first year of life.
Your veterinarian can develop a personalized healthcare plan to meet your pet's unique needs during their first year, and provide you with lots of support and guidance.
Around the age of six weeks, puppies should come in for their first appointment with the veterinarian. Kittens should make their first visit around the age of eight weeks.
Your vet can perform a complete physical examination during this first visit to check your pet's overall health, look for symptoms of congenital defects, and identify any external parasites.
Your puppy or kitten will also receive deworming medications for roundworm and hookworm from their vet at our animal hospital. The first round of vaccinations will also be administered.
Finally, a blood test will be done for kittens to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, a puppy or kitten should come in for 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. During these visits, our veterinarians can check your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on time.
Along with your new bundle of fur, you'll be taking on a lot of new responsibilities with your puppy or kitten.
Our team is here to provide guidance, support and helpful information to help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year.
Our information packs for kittens and puppies include everything you need to know about your pet's early development, including:
Our veterinarians will gladly answer any questions you may have and allay any fears or concerns you may have. We want to make sure you and your puppy or kitten have everything you'll need to start a happy life together!
Canyon Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Laguna Beach companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.