Veterinary Care for Puppies & Kittens
Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting time! Your adorable new family member is bound to bring a smile to everyone's face.
Along with the joy of becoming a new pet parent comes the responsibility of providing your new pet with the essential healthcare they need to achieve long-term good health.
Our Castlegar veterinarians provide guidance, advice, and targeted veterinary care for puppies or kittens during their critical first year of life.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Our Castlegar veterinarians recommend that puppies come to their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks of age.
Examination & Diagnostics
During your pet's first vet visit, your puppy or kitten will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital issues, and check for parasites.
Often, kittens will also have a blood test done to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Parasite Prevention & Vaccinations
Deworming medications and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations will also be provided during this visit.
Approximately 3 to 4 veterinary appointments will be required for puppies and kittens between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to monitor your pet's health and administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Packs
Caring for your new puppy or kitten is a big responsibility. To help you navigate that critical first year of your pet's life, our team will provide you with guidance, support, and helpful information each step of the way, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on spaying and neutering
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease and feline leukemia
- Tips on socializing your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
At each appointment our veterinary team will make time to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns about your pet's health. We're here to help you provide your new puppy or kitten with the best possible care now and as they continue to grow.