Care for Puppies & Kittens in Santa Barbara
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is an excellent reason to be excited! This new cuddly, and cute family member can't help but to make anyone who interacts with them smile.
As fun as they may be, there is also some serious healthcare business to take care of throughout your pet's first year of life.
Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should have their first veterinary appointment at about 6 weeks of age. Kittens should have their at about 8 weeks.
At this first visit, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical examination in order to asses their general health, to look for signs of congenital defects and to check them for any external parasites.
We will administer deworming medications for roundworms, hookworms and more, as well as the first round of kitten or puppy vaccinations.
More About Vaccines & Prevention
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Kittens and puppies should attend from 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between 6 and 16 weeks of age. These appointments will allow us to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Care Routines
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
In order to help you to navigate your kitten or puppy's first year, our team will provide you with ample guidance and support, as well as helpful information.
Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Care Routines contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
- 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
Our vets will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and put any of your worries to rest. We want to ensure that you and your kitten or puppy have everything you need to start your wonderful life together.