Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care
Care for Puppies & Kittens
It's time to bring your new puppy or kitten home — surely an exciting day! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.
Fun as it may be to become a pet parent, there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new four-legged friend's first year of life.
Your vet will develop a custom health care plan geared to your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way.
Your Puppy or Kitten’s First Appointment
Ideally, puppies should first see a vet at around six weeks of age, and kittens at around the eight-week mark.
During this visit, the vet will conduct a complete physical examination to assess your pet's overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, along with the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations, at our animal hospital.
Finally, we will perform a blood test for kittens to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits allow your veterinarian to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Packages
It's a joyous moment to bring your new puppy or kitten home. That said, being a pet parent comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of support, guidance and helpful information.
Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your puppy or kitten's health and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!
New Patients Welcome
Deer Park Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Suffolk County companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.