Puppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting and heartwarming experience. If you want to ensure your newfound furry friend is healthy, you can do so by visiting our doctors with your new pet. At Erie Animal Hospital, we care about the health and wellness of all our puppies and kittens and will provide you with the vaccinations, medications, or treatment plans you need to keep your household's new addition healthy and happy for years to come.

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Common Health Concerns for Puppies and Kittens

Adopting a new puppy or kitten is a great way to add plenty of joy to your everyday life. However, it's important to understand common health concerns in animals of a younger age, such as:

• Diet:  We will discuss the right type of food for your new family member.

• Parasites: Kittens and puppies frequently have parasites. Most common are intestinal worms, which can be treated at the first visit.  We will also start flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.  Please bring a stool sample to your first visit for testing, since worms are not always visible in the stool.

• Behavior:  Issues such as housetraining and biting can be problems with puppies and kittens.

• Inherited problems:  Certain breeds have specific problems we will evaluate for and discuss.

What to Expect during a Puppy or Kitten Veterinarian Visit

Taking your puppy or kitten to a local veterinarian is a way to protect your new pet while ensuring he/she is healthy. You can expect the following during your initial appointment with a veterinarian on our team:

• Physical Examinations: A complete physical examination will be conducted to determine if any areas should be further investigated and to evaluate your pet's overall well-being.

• Vaccinations: Depending on the age of your new puppy or kitten, certain vaccinations may be administered.  Many vaccines are required every (4) weeks until the puppy or kitten is 16 weeks old.

• Dental Inspections: A dental assessment may also be conducted on your puppy or kitten to ensure the teeth are coming in properly.

When you've recently added a pet to your home, finding the right veterinarian can make all the difference. If health and wellness are a top priority in your home, even when it comes to your animals, we can help.  Please schedule a visit with us at Erie Animal Hospital in Erie, PA for the vaccinations, medications, and ongoing care your pet needs for a healthy life.

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