Congratulations on your new pet! Your first visit to our clinic will include a thorough physical examination where we will ensure there are no hereditary conditions present and that your puppy or kitten is in good health. We always recommend a stool sample analysis to check for intestinal parasites, as these are very common in young animals. External parasites such as ear mites, mange and fleas are also a common condition encountered and treated during these visits. Owners often have many training and behavioural questions about their new pets, which our veterinarians are happy to address during the examination.
Puppies and kittens have an immature immune system, making them extremely susceptible to infectious viruses and bacterial organisms. In order to protect them from these potentially fatal diseases, vaccines are typically given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, there are optional vaccinations that may be deemed appropriate by the veterinarian. We would be happy to discuss these with you at your new puppy or kitten appointment!
We recommend that your pet is spayed or neutered at approximately six months of age, which will help prevent future cancers and infections and help control the pet over-population problem.