Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's always exciting bringing home a new puppy or kitten! Your cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone around them smile.
As fun as this time is, you must take the right steps during your new friend's first year to set them up for long-term success.
Your puppy or kitten vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's unique needs and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppy veterinary care should begin with their first appointment at around six weeks of age, while kittens should first visit the vet at around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess its overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. 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 navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, 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 Carlsbad vets will be happy to address any questions or concerns you have about your puppy or kitten's health. We want to make sure that you and your new friend have everything you need for a wonderful life together.