Every puppy or kitten needs veterinary care during their first year, and an individualized approach is best. Our skilled team will work with you to determine how to give your new furry friend the best possible start in life.
What Care Do Puppies and Kittens Need?
While adult pets generally see the vet annually, your kitten or puppy will need to visit us more often during their first year. These first-year appointments include physical examinations, vaccines, and diagnostic tests that enable us to monitor your pet's health as they grow and mature.
At Transit Valley Animal Hospital, we like to get to know your pet, build a bond, and establish a relationship with you and your pet. We’re a small team, and you can routinely see—or request to see—the same veterinarian for each visit. We want you and your pet to feel comfortable and at ease when visiting our clinic.
Puppies and kittens need exams more frequently than adult pets—generally at eight, twelve, and sixteen weeks. At these exams, your pet will receive essential vaccines, deworming, and overall health assessments. It’s a good idea to start preventative care with monthly heartworm and flea and tick control during this time. We can also make diet recommendations based on your new pet’s individual requirements.
Because their immune systems are still developing, puppies and kittens must receive a series of vaccinations, including boosters, at specific intervals. Our vaccine recommendations are based on guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
During their first year, puppies and kittens require specific diagnostic tests. Heartworm testing for puppies should be done by twelve months of age, if not earlier. Kittens, however, should be checked for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) during their initial examination.
In addition to examining your new pet and providing them with vaccines and diagnostics, your veterinarian will discuss other services that could help them live a longer, healthier life, such as microchipping and spaying and neutering.
Read our guide to puppy and kitten care for further information on health and wellness for your new puppy or kitten.