What to Expect at Your First Few Visits
Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten are the most important. These initial visits are where you, your veterinarian, and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. We take plenty of time with these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, talk with you about concerns you may have, offer health care and training advice, and more.
Some of the topics we’ll cover during your puppy or kitten’s first visits include:
- Timing for their spay/neuter surgery
- Fecal testing and possible deworming
- Starting their initial vaccination series
- Discussion of parasites and prevention
- Nutritional counseling
- Testing for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (kittens only)
- Housetraining (puppies) and litter box training (kittens)
How Often Will You Need to See My Puppy or Kitten?
During their first year, we’ll need to see your pet several times to make sure they’re growing properly and to give them needed treatments like deworming and their vaccinations. We’ll perform a physical at each visit and will also check in with you about their eating habits, any behavioral issues you’ve noticed, and how their house training is going.
The frequency at which we see your puppy or kitten is primarily dictated by their initial vaccination series which falls along the following timeline:
- 6-8 weeks old
- 10-12 weeks old
- 14-16 weeks old
- 1 year old
Other services like deworming or their spay and neuter surgery may fall in line with one or more of these visits to reduce the number of times you need to bring your pet in. We’ll happily work with your schedule to make sure your pet is getting timely care that works for you!