New Pets: Welcoming Your New Little Fur Ball
From the day they enter our home, our lives, and our hearts, we care for your cuddly little creature like they're our own kids. Caring Hearts Animal Clinic makes sure your new pet gets off to a very healthy start. Our Puppy & Kitten Packages will help save you money on basic preventive care that your new baby will need during their first 6-8 months of life.
New Pet Exam $56
Established Pet Exam $50
At Caring Hearts Animal Clinic, we pride ourselves on exceptional client service. With a knowledgeable staff, procedures that are safe and proven, and the latest advancements in medical technology, we will insure that you and your new pet are very well taken care of. Your new furry family member becomes a member of our family as well, and we ensure that you are the "voice" of your new pet.
The first thing you should do for your new puppy or kitten is make an appointment to see a veterinarian. Young animal's immune systems are not yet fully developed and are more vulnerable to some annoying parasites like fleas and worms, respiratory infections, and other health conditions. Your veterinarian will record your pet's weight, perform a physical exam, and possibly a fecal and/or blood test, in order to rule out parasites or other potential health problems. Seeing a veterinarian early is vital to your pet's health. There are several other conditions, such as orthopedic issues, that can be effectively treated if caught when animals are young.
It's also important that your little pet sees the veterinarian because he or she has to get immunized. Puppies and kittens are initially immune to many diseases because of the antibodies they receive from their mothers' milk. However, after weaning they will need to receive a series of vaccines in order to develop their own higher level of immunity.
Vaccinations for kittens generally include rabies, a "combination" vaccine for feline respiratory illness. In some cases vaccinations can also include feline leukemia, depending upon if the cat is an indoor or outdoor pet and where you live.
Puppies receive more vaccines. Puppy vaccinations are usually for rabies, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, and sometimes kennel cough or bordetella. If you chose to adopt a puppy or kitten from a humane society or reputable breeder, he or she has probably already been given these initial vaccinations. Your new furry friend will need to continue vaccinations every three weeks until he or she is four to five months old. We will discuss how often your new pet will need booster shots.
Thank you for trusting Caring Hearts Animal Clinic for your pet's healthcare needs.