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New Pet Information

Puppy & Kitten Care

The first year is a busy one for both you and your new pet. To make things a little easier, here is a schedule of procedures your Veterinarian will be recommending for your new pet.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm is a parasitic disease spread by mosquitoes. Although it is treatable, the side affects are severe and potentially fatal. Please speak to one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians regarding heartworm prevention for your new pet.

Microchip

If your pet should become lost, having a microchip will greatly increase the chance that you and your pet will be reunited. Microchips are a safe and permanent way to identify your pet. Your new pet can be microchipped painlessly while it is anaesthetized for its spay or neuter.

Pet Insurance

Treatment for unexpected illnesses or accidents can be costly. This is why we recommend insurance for all of your pets. Pre-existing conditions are not usually covered, so it is best to enroll your pets at an early age. Most insurance companies also apply discounts for microchipped animals.

Vaccinations

Starting at 8 weeks of age. your new pet will require 3 vaccinations at 3 to 4 week intervals. This will provide them with the protection they need for the year ahead. In the following years, your Veterinarian will provide a customized vaccine schedule for your pet.

Deworming

We recommend deworming for all new pets. Please refer to our deworming protocol for more information.

Spay/Neuter

At 5 1/2 months of age we will be calling to invite you to book a pre-surgical visit. At this time one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will discuss your pet’s procedure and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the anesthesia and surgery.

We also recommend having pre-anesthetic lab work done at this time to ensure vital organ function prior to the anesthesia. We will perform the surgery when your new pet is six months old. For information on these topics and more, please contact the staff at The Animal Clinic.