Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is a joyous occasion! Everyone who comes into contact with this adorable, cuddly new family member smiles.
As entertaining as it may be, there is some serious health care to attend to during your new pet's first year of life.
During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a personalized health care plan to meet their unique needs, as well as provide you with plenty of support and guidance!
Puppies should see their first veterinarian around the age of six weeks, and kittens around the age of eight weeks.
Your pet will have a complete physical examination during this first visit to assess their overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer roundworm and hookworm deworming medications, as well as the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, a blood test for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus will be performed.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should have 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. Our veterinarians can assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on time during these visits.
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
Our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and useful information to help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year.
Our information packs for kittens and puppies include everything you need to know about your pet's early development, including:
Our veterinarians will gladly answer any questions you may have and allay any fears or concerns you may have. We want to make sure you and your puppy or kitten have everything you'll need to start a happy life together!
Tender Care Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of companion animals in Weldon Spring and the St. Charles area. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.