Puppy and Kitten Care

Congratulations on the newest member of your family! Northshore Animal Hospital is here to provide the expert care and guidance your puppy or kitten needs to for a healthy start in life.

Early Veterinary Care

Early veterinary care is crucial to putting your puppies and kittens on track for a lifetime of good health. We recommend scheduling your new pet’s first veterinary appointment as soon as possible to establish a preventive care plan tailored to their specific needs.

Comprehensive Examinations

During your puppy or kitten’s first veterinary visit, our team will conduct a thorough physical examination to assess their overall health and identify any potential issues. We’ll discuss vaccination schedules, parasite prevention, nutrition, behavior, and any other concerns you may have as a new pet owner.

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Vaccinations are essential for protecting puppies and kittens from serious infectious diseases. We’ll create a customized vaccination schedule based on your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle to ensure they receive the necessary vaccines at the right time to build immunity.

Parasite Prevention

Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasites such as fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and heartworms. We’ll recommend appropriate preventive measures, including medications and regular screenings, to protect your pet from parasites and keep them healthy and comfortable.

Nutritional Guidance

Proper nutrition is vital for supporting your puppy or kitten’s growth and development. Our veterinarians will provide nutritional counseling and recommendations for high-quality diets tailored to your pet’s age, breed, size, and specific nutritional needs.

Behavioral Support

We understand that raising a puppy or kitten comes with its challenges. Our team offers guidance and support to help you navigate common behavioral issues such as house training, socialization, and obedience training, ensuring your pet grows into a well-adjusted and well-behaved companion.

Lifetime Wellness Care

As your puppy or kitten grows, we’ll be with you every step of the way, providing ongoing preventive care, wellness exams, and medical attention as needed to promote their health and well-being throughout their life.

First Veterinary Visit for Your Puppy or Kitten: A Healthy Start to a Lifetime of Happiness

At Northshore Animal Hospital, we understand the excitement and responsibility that comes with bringing a puppy or kitten into your home. Our team is here to provide a warm welcome and expert care during your pet’s first veterinary visit.

What to Expect

Comprehensive Examination

Your puppy or kitten’s first visit includes a thorough physical examination to assess their overall health. We’ll check their eyes, ears, teeth, coat, and more to ensure they’re off to a healthy start.

Vaccination Discussion

We’ll discuss the importance of vaccinations to protect your pet from common infectious diseases. Our veterinarians will create a personalized vaccination schedule based on your pet’s age, breed, and lifestyle.

Parasite Prevention Plan

Puppies and kittens are susceptible to parasites. To keep your pet safe and comfortable, we’ll discuss preventive measures, including flea and tick control, deworming, and heartworm prevention.

Nutritional Guidance

Proper nutrition is crucial for your pet’s growth and development. Our team will provide recommendations for a balanced diet suitable for your puppy or kitten’s specific needs.

Behavioral Advice

Raising a happy and well-behaved pet starts early. We’ll offer tips on socialization, house training, and basic obedience to foster a positive relationship between you and your new companion.

Your Role as a Pet Owner

Health History

Be prepared to provide information about your pet’s health history, including any vaccinations, previous medical treatments, and current diet.

Questions and Concerns

Feel free to ask any questions or express concerns you may have about your pet’s health, behavior, or care. We’re here to offer guidance and support.

Bring a Sample

Bringing a fresh stool sample for parasite testing can help us ensure your pet is free from internal parasites.

Next Steps

Following the initial visit, we’ll work with you to establish a customized wellness plan for your puppy or kitten, including future vaccinations, preventive care, and ongoing support.

Schedule Your Pet’s First Appointment

Give your new puppy or kitten the best start in life by scheduling their first veterinary appointment with us today. We’re committed to providing compassionate care and support to help your pet thrive at every stage of their journey. Call us to book an appointment, or book your appointment online.