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Puppy & Kitten Care

As with children, when it comes to younger animals, you reap what you sow. We believe that if you want a happy, healthy, well-behaved pet, you need to put in a little work from the very beginning.

We are here to assist you in any way we can with behavioral, nutritional and health advice that is best for your pet's individual needs.

We recommend that your puppy or kitten come in three times in the first few months for vaccine boosters, at which time they will receive a physical exam, dewormers, and will be checked for parasites. The three vaccinations are necessary to build up their immune system. The physical exam is necessary each time because some diseases have a long incubation period and may not be seen on the first or even second examination. Doing a vaccine on a puppy or kitten that is not well may make them sicker. The three fecal tests and dewormers are necessary because worms go through cycles from egg to mature worm. Dewormers kill adult worms and not eggs. We therefore need to repeat it to make sure we get the worms that had not hatched yet when the previous dewormer was done. The eggs or other parasites may not have shed in  the stool when the first sample was taken, that is why we repeat it two more times.

Kittens will also have a blood test taken to check for Feline Leukemia Virus and FIV (feline AIDS). Two fairly common and potentially fatal viruses.
Over your visits we will instruct you on how to care for your pet, including cleaning the ears, trimming the nails, bathing, and care for your pet's teeth. We will provide you with once-monthly preventive medication to protect your pet from fleas, ticks, and worms.
We also offer other tests upon request, such as blood typing and genetic testing for breed specific diseases. If your puppy is a mixed breed, you may choose to do a genetic test to find out what breeds he or she is mixed with.

After six months of age we recommend to spay or neuter your pet. We believe that it is best for their health and mental well-being.

We also strongly recommend microchipping your pet.