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 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.
We also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we perform 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.
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:
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!
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.