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Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Your puppy or kitten has specific healthcare needs in their first year of life. Our vets at both of our locations in Houston County can offer guidance, advice and high-quality veterinary care. 

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

It's an exciting day when you get to bring a new puppy or kitten home! This cute and cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile. 

As fun as these days might be, you'll also have some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life. 

Your vet can create a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs throughout their first year, and offer plenty of support and guidance along the way. 

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Your Pet’s First Appointment

Ideally, puppies should have their first veterinary appointment at about six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks. 

At this initial visit, your pet will receive a thorough physical examination to check their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and find out whether they have any external parasites. 

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We will also administer the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations, as well as deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms. 

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Finally, we will perform a blood test for kittens to check for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia. 

Followup Appointments

Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, kittens and puppies should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. these visits allow our vets to assess your pet's general health and to administer vaccines on schedule. 

Puppy & Kitten Packages

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.

To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.

Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:

  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • Nutrition information
  • A vaccination and medical care schedule
  • Information on spaying and neutering your pet
  • Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
  • Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home

Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!

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Smith Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Houston County companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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