Puppies and kittens are a wonderful new addition to your home but they do require special care. Puppies and kittens need to be dewormed frequently, and need to start their vaccination series. Core vaccines for dogs/puppies include rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza (DHPP), leptospirosis and lyme. Another common but non-core vaccine is bordatella (kennel cough). Core vaccines for cats/kittens includes rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (FVRCP). Outdoor cats also require a leukemia vaccine. Puppy and kitten appointments are also important for addressing congenital malformations, nutrition, behavioral concerns, training as well as spaying/neutering plans.
Pets age at a much faster rate than people, therefore it is important to see their veterinarian 1-2 times per year for a general physical. At these appointments we focus on preventative medicine. This includes the vaccines above as well as screening for heartworms and tick borne diseases (such as Lyme disease). We also recommend yearly fecal examinations looking for intestinal parasites. Regular physical exams can also help detect common problems such as skin infections, dental disease, obesity and arthritis. As pets age, we recommend performing senior bloodwork. Lastly, pets that are on chronic medications may need regularly planned bloodwork to monitor dosing and health.