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Caring for Your Newest Family Member

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is exciting, but amidst all the excitement, don’t forget to bring your pet in for an initial wellness exam. These are some of the most important visits you and your new companion will have at our hospital.

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Our veterinarians will examine your pet and provide guidance on many areas of health, including:

  • Breed-specific risks
  • Socialization and behavioral training
  • House training
  • Litter box training
  • Calmness training
  • Cat husbandry
  • Dental care
  • Safe pet toys and chews
  • Pet health insurance, such as Trupanion

Pet Vaccinations

Puppy and kitten vaccinations are essential to starting them off on the right paw. Our veterinarians will help you select the appropriate vaccinations based on your pet’s unique risk assessment. Not all pets should receive every vaccine, but there are core cat and dog vaccines, in addition to many non-core options that our doctors will discuss with you.

Puppy and Kitten Chow

The nutritional needs of puppies and kittens are different than the needs of adults and senior pets. The veterinarians at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital are here to help you create a balanced diet that meets your pet’s unique needs. For your convenience, our hospital carries a full line of pet foods appropriate for all ages, breeds, and a number of different health conditions. Please visit our pet nutrition page or contact our hospital for more information.

Spaying and Neutering

Puppies and kittens are usually spayed or neutered between the ages of four and six months. However, this varies according to the specific breed and condition of each pet. Our veterinarians will recommend the best time for this procedure, but know that spaying or neutering is generally easier on a pet when it’s done early. It’s also important that pets have time to acclimate to our hospital through multiple visits to decrease stress and anxiety.

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital love getting to know new pets and their owners. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about caring for your new puppy or kitten.