Even the healthiest puppy or kitten needs to be seen by our veterinary staff
within a few days
of entering your home. This way we can assess the little one’s health, answer any questions, and forge a special bond between your young pet and our office staff.
The doctors and staff of the Little Silver Animal Hospital want to make sure that your puppies and kittens get the absolute best start in life. To ensure that your healthy puppy or kitten has the greatest chance of thriving in your home and growing up to be a well-loved member of your family, we meet the physical and behavioral needs of your youngest pets. When you first bring in your new puppy or kitten, we suggested bringing them to us to establish their care and create a plan for their future health. Not only will bringing in your new family member help socialize them with new people, sights, and smells, but it was also help us help you to set them up for success in their new lives.
- ALL puppies and kittens require veterinary care to make sure that they get the best start for a long and healthy life. Their moms’ milk is not adequate protection against disease!
- ALL puppies and kittens need a complete physical examination to make sure that any potential problems are promptly diagnosed and quickly treated.
- ALL puppies and kittens need a series of several vaccinations, de-wormings, and a few laboratory tests.
Our doctors recommend the following first steps for your young puppies:
Our doctors recommend the following first steps for your young kittens:
In addition, the doctors and staff are happy to discuss nutrition and behavior and to make recommendations regarding diet, early training, socialization, and house-training. The staff and doctors are eager to provide practical tips and suggestions for all issues. We welcome questions and look forward to meeting the newest additions to your family. A detailed puppy/kitten folder will be given at your pet’s first visit that summarizes most of what is discussed in your first visit, in case you forget something we discussed. Other valuable tools like a list of poisonous plants, poison control hotline, and pet insurance information is found in this valuable folder as well.
Tracking weight and growth progress is a fundamental part of the first-year wellness exam, setting the foundation for ongoing pet health. Any changes in your pet’s response to food should be reported to your veterinarian at once, as it may indicate the development of a more systemic problem. All puppies and kittens require a constant source of fresh, clean water at all times, unless otherwise specified by your veterinarian. During their first year, puppies and kittens need a diet tailored to promote the proper growth and development of young bones, muscles, and teeth. This is the stage when they will need extra protein and a variety of specific nutrients. At the wellness exam, we will counsel you on the proper diet of food and treats for your specific breed and type of pet, as well as exercise requirements for a happy, well-behaved pet.
Spay/Neuter Your Pet
Depending on the breed and age of your pet, your veterinarian will suggest a plan on when it is most beneficial to fix them. We will commonly discuss this during their final puppy/kitten exam, but if you have any questions or concerns before then, we are more than happy to answer!