Puppy & Kitten Care
Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is an exciting time! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone smile.
But there is also some serious healthcare business to take care of during the first year of your new pet's life.
Your vet will develop a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this first appointment, your pet will be given a thorough medical examination to assess their overall health, search for symptoms of congenital abnormalities 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 Information
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
Our experts will give lots of guidance, support, and useful information to assist you to manage your puppy's or kitten's first year.
Our puppy and kitten information packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets that are already living in your home
- Nutrition information
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!
New Patients Welcome
Greenbrier-Springfield Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Springfield companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.