Puppy & Kitten Care
Congratulations on the adoption of your new furry family member! 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.
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.
Being parasite-free is an essential part of basic pet healthcare, especially in the early months and years of a puppy or kitten's life, so we recommend deworming for all new pets. Please refer to our deworming protocol or give us a call for more information!
We highly recommend spaying or neutering for your new pet when the time comes! Spaying and neutering provides peace of mind to owners who know that their pet will never produce unexpected litters or develop serious health complications in their later years.
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. Once approved for surgery, your pet can be neutered or spayed at 6 months of age or later.
We understand that this procedure can seem intimidating and are here to discuss questions or concerns that owners may have! While under our care for their spay or neuter surgery, we take every precaution to ensure your pet's continued safety before, during, and after the procedure. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page!
Heartworm is a parasitic disease spread by mosquitoes which are very common in southern Ontario. Although it is treatable, the side effects are severe and potentially fatal, the treatment for which is very costly. For these reasons, rather than treating heartworm, we prefer to prevent it! Please speak to one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians regarding heartworm prevention for your new pet.
If your pet should become lost, having a microchip will greatly increase the chance that you and your pet will be reunited. In fact, microchipped dogs are twice as likey to be reuinted with their owners after being lost, while for cats that number is twenty times more likely! Most insurance companies also apply discounts for microchipped animals.
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. One of our Registered Veterinary Technicians would be happy to answer your microchipping questions, so please get in touch if you feel this may be right for your pet!
We recommend insurance for all of your pets because treatment for unexpected illnesses or accidents can be costly. Since pre-existing conditions are not usually covered, it is best to enroll your pets at an early age!