Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is such an exciting time. This adorable new member of your family already brings so much joy to your life.
As fun as this time can be, it's also the time to take care of some serious healthcare business.
Your vet can discuss implementing a custom health care treatment plan to meet your new pet's specific needs during their first year of life to get them off to the best start.
Puppies and kittens should have their first appointment when they are six to eight weeks old.
During this initial 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.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
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Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend veterinary appointments every 3 weeks starting when they turn six weeks old up until they are 18-20 weeks old. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's health and to administer vaccines in the correct time frame so we don't have to restart the process.
There are so many responsibilities involved with bringing your new pet home.
To help you maneuver through your puppy or kitten's first year of life, our team provides exceptional guidance and support, along with helpful information.
Our team will provide you with everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!
Pet Doctors of America is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Jacksonville companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.