Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
— Mary Bly
Let Us Get to Know Your New Puppy or Kitten
Puppy and Kitten Care
Welcoming a new pet into your family is an exciting time and Mountain View Animal Clinic wants to help you keep him or her healthy right from the start. The best way to do this is to establish a routine of regular examinations soon after your new pet joins your family.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the impact of serious illness. We always prefer preventing illness to having to treat a sick pet. We take your pet’s anticipated lifestyle and habits into account when we recommend the appropriate vaccinations for your pet’s age and situation. Immunizing your pet is important because the immunities passed on to a young animal by its mother usually last only a few weeks. Vaccinations protect against disease and help ensure that your pet grows to be a happy, healthy adult.
Begin Kitten & Puppy Exams Early
Ideally, we want to see a new puppy or kitten within 24 to 48 hours of when he or she joins your household. We will look over your new pet and advise you on when to start regular examinations and immunizations, usually at 6 to 8 weeks. You will have a chance to purchase one of our puppy or kitten packages. These include either a spay or neuter surgery, examinations, and vaccinations and can save you 20% to 25% off the cost of paying for all of these separately.
We will check your pet for any problems concerning:
- Heart murmur
- Congenital problems
Every puppy or kitten owner receives a new puppy or kitten kit that contains information on care and feeding, as well as a schedule of recommended vaccinations. As your new pet returns to us every 3 or 4 weeks, we will discuss and schedule:
- Pet Vaccinations
- Spay or neuter
- Diet, nutrition, and the proper foods
- Potty training
- Obedience training for puppies or kittens
- Behavioral problems and concerns
Your pet’s early visits are useful to begin desensitization of the feet and mouth to help make future dental examinations and nail trims more comfortable for everyone. Frequent, positive contact with our staff members from an early age enhances your pet’s future interactions with your family and other people.
Puppy & Kitten Nutrition Is Vital
Because obesity is such an easily avoidable pet health problem, we are glad to talk about nutrition issues with you. It is very important that your new family member establishes good eating and exercise habits. Feeding your pet the right amount and kind of pet food from day one will help to prevent health problems caused by either nutritional deficits or being overweight.
Mountain View Animal Clinic’s veterinarians will continue to work with you as your pet grows from a puppy into a healthy adult and eventually a faithful senior pet, living a long and happy life.