Congrats on your adorable new companion! Bringing a puppy or kitten home is an exciting time, but it's also important to remember that they need special care.
There are some serious healthcare decisions to consider, and our vets are experts in caring for young animals, as well as advising and guiding owners on best care practices and wellness plans during their new pet's first year of life.
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 along the way!
Ideally, puppies will have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age; for kittens, the age is around eight weeks.
During their first visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
Your puppy or kitten will also be administered deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, as well as their first round of vaccinations.
Kittens also require a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should be seen by your vet 3-4 times between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to keep an eye on your pet's overall wellbeing, and to administer important vaccines on schedule.
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities, but the veterinary team at White House Animal Hospital is here to support you.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, we provide plenty of guidance and helpful information.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packs have everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
Should you have any questions or concerns, our vets are happy to provide answers and reassurance. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!
White House Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of White House companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.