We can’t wait to meet your new puppy or kitten.  Getting a new pet is the first step to having a wonderful companion, friend and long-term family member. It is an exciting time, and it is important to do everything you can to make sure he or she grows up strong, healthy and happy.  Proper health care is essential throughout your new pet’s entire life.

It is important to your new pet that we examine your puppy or kitten as soon as possible to identify any potential health issues early on. During your pet’s first wellness exam we will examine your pet and will answer your questions on caring for your companion long-term, including nutritional questions, vaccinations, dental care and other health topics and behavioral issues.

When you pick up your puppy or kitten, remember to ask what and when he or she was fed. Replicate that schedule until your first visit with us. We will discuss your new pet’s nutrition needs and best food choice(s) for your pet during the first wellness exam. There are so many choices available and we want you to be able to choose the right food for your puppy or kitten. 

We recommend testing your kitten for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids.  Testing for these diseases is very important, especially if you have another cat in the house.  Ensure that your cat is healthy and is not carrying either of these two fatal viruses that can be passed from mother to kitten.  The mother cat can be negative but if Dad is positive, Mom will get it from him and pass it to all of the kittens.

What to bring with you:

  • Your puppy should be on a leash and your kitten should be in a carrier
  • Any health information the seller or shelter provided to you, such as history of vaccines or deworming
  • A fresh stool sample (less than 12 hours old)

Puppies:  the initial exam will include:

  • A thorough physical exam.
  • Flea/tick control.  We will discuss the best product for your puppy’s lifestyle
  • Heartworm preventative given monthly
  • Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and appropriate deworming
  • Answering all of your questions
  • Advice regarding the appropriate vaccination schedule for your puppy’s anticipated lifestyle
  • Required versus optional vaccines and vaccine boosters

Kitten:  the initial exam will include:

  • Complete physical exam. 
  • Discussion with you of the appropriate vaccination schedule for your kitten’s breed and anticipated lifestyle; develop a vaccination schedule
  • Necessary vaccines or vaccine boosters
  • Optional heartworm preventative
  • Flea/tick control.  We will discuss the best options for your new kitten.
  • Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and appropriate deworming
  • Testing for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).

Please give us a call today to schedule your new pet’s wellness exam!