Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing your new puppy or kitten home is a joyous time. This sweet, cuddly little friend can put a smile on the faces of those who get to meet them.
As exciting as it may be, there are some important health care considerations to deal with during your new pet's first year of life.
Your vet will get to know your pet and create a customized health care plan to meet their needs, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first vet appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
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 and Puppy information packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- Nutrition information
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- 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. At our Denver veterinary hospital, we want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything necessary to begin a wonderful life together!