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.
Puppies should ideally have their first appointment around six weeks, while kittens should have theirs at around eight weeks.
During this visit, your pet receives a complete physical exam to assess its overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, we perform a blood test on the kittens to check for feline leukemia as well as 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.
Our vets at Northwest Austin Veterinary Center are now accepting new patients! Our friendly vets have years of experience and are passionate about helping cats and dogs in our community. Contact us today to schedule your pet's first appointment.