Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is an exciting time! Your cute, cuddly new family member brings joy into your home and brings a smile to everyone's face.
Fun as it may be, it's important to remember that there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.
Our honest and reliable team of veterinary professionals adore providing these precious new family members with the veterinary care and attention they need to get their very best start in life.
Your Thornton vet will work with you to develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During your kitten or puppy's first visit to our Thornton animal hospital, they 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.
Kittens visiting our veterinary hospital will be given 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.
Kitten & Puppy Care 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 Vet Packages and Puppy Vet Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- 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
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
Our vets at Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital 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 furry new family member have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!