Getting your pet's healthcare off on the right foot is critical, our Austin vets provide guidance, advice, and the highest quality of veterinary care for puppies and kittens

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Puppy and Kitten Care in Austin

Adding a rambunctious and cuddly new member of the family is an exciting time!

There is important work to do when you bring home a puppy or kitten; however, your pet's first year of life is also filled with serious health care requirements.

At Northwest Austin Veterinary Center you and your vet will work together to make a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year.

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Your Pet’s First Appointment

Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, while kittens should have theirs at around eight weeks.

During this initial visit, your pet receives a complete physical examination to assess its overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.

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We also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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Finally, for kittens, we perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Scheduling Followup Appointments

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 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 Packages and Puppy 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 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 puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!

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