Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home can be an exciting time. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital seeks to help you establish the kind of life-long bond between your family and your pet that can be exceptionally rewarding.
Wellness Puppy and Kitten Exams
The first exams for puppies or kittens are some of the most important visits to the veterinarian they will have. In addition to completing the puppy and kitten vaccination schedule, our veterinarians will examine your pet and provide guidance on many areas of health considerations, including:
- Health risks for your puppy or kitten’s specific breed or situation
- Providing proper pet nutrition
- Pet socialization and behavior
- House training
- Litter box training
- Calmness training
- Leash training
- Cat husbandry
- Dental care
- Parasite prevention
- Safe pet toys and chews
- Pet health insurance offered by companies like Trupanion
The nutritional needs of puppies and kittens are different than the needs of adult or senior pets. The veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital will partner with you to find a diet that best meets your pet’s needs. For your convenience, our hospital carries a full line of pet foods designed for all ages, breeds, and a number of different health conditions. Please visit our pet nutrition page or contact one of our knowledgeable staff or veterinarians for more information.
Spaying and Neutering
Puppies and kittens should be spayed or neutered typically between the ages of four and six months. However, this will vary according to the specific breed and condition of the pet, and our veterinarians will recommend the best time for the procedure. In general, it is easier on the pet when spaying or neutering is done early but it is also important that they have time to acclimate to our hospital through multiple visits so their stress is lowered and they are not afraid to be here.
Parasites can live inside or on your pet and vary from intestinal worms to heartworm, mites that live on the skin or in the ears, and the more common fleas and ticks. Detecting and preventing parasites protects pets from damage parasites do to internal organs, loss of valuable nutrients, and acquiring a number of different diseases. The veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital will assist you in determining what preventive measures to take for your pet’s age, species, and breed.
Puppy and kitten vaccinations are an important part of starting them off right, and our veterinarians will partner with you to select the appropriate vaccinations to give based on your pet’s unique risk assessment. Not all pets should receive all the vaccinations available but there are core cat and dog vaccinations in addition to many non-core options that our doctors will explain and help you decide upon.
The staff and veterinarians of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital enjoy getting to know new pets and their owners. We hope you will entrust us with the health care of your new puppy or kitten, and we welcome your questions.