Wellness Care

Puppy and Kitten Packages

While new puppies and kittens are a great deal of fun, they require lots of love and care to help them develop into the perfect companions. Regular veterinary visits are necessary during the first 6 months of life to ensure your new pet stays healthy and happy. During these visits we will discuss common behavioral problems as well as preventative health care. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any questions or concerns you have regarding your pet.

If you are interested in the Kitten or Puppy Packages, please let the receptionist know at checkout. We typically recommend having your puppy or kitten spayed or neutered around 6 months of age, which your doctor will discuss in detail with you.

Vaccine Recommendations

Puppies:  Distemper (DA2PP), Bordetella, Leptospirosis, and Rabies.

Kittens:  Distemper (FVRCP), Feline Leukemia (FeLV), and Rabies.

Puppy and Kitten vaccinations usually start at 8 weeks of age and are given as a series 3-4 weeks apart until they are 16 weeks old.

Parasite Control

Regular fecal checks and dewormings of pets are important for their general health and to decrease the potential for transmission to people. Intestinal parasites can cause severe disease in both pets and humans, but in the early stages of infestation animals may not show any outward signs. Because of this, we recommend regular fecal sample checks on all pets.  
 
Puppies and kittens should have a fecal sample checked on one of their first visits and adult animals should have a fecal sample checked at least yearly.  In addition, pets showing signs of gastrointestinal disease or weight loss should also be checked. 

Senior and Geriatric Health Screening

Senior and geriatric patients require extra attention so that they stay comfortable and pain-free during their golden years.  Ideally, pets over the age of 10 should be seen twice yearly to monitor their heart, kidney, and liver health.  At home you should closely monitor for common symptoms of disease, which may include significant increases or decreases in appetite or water consumption.  In larger dogs, structural concerns such as arthritis can become painful and manifest themselves as lameness, stiffness, or soreness.  Proper medication and joint support can help alleviate your companion's aches.