At Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic, we know how exciting bringing home a new pet can be. If you have other pets in your home though, we strongly recommend that you bring your new puppy or kitten in for an examination before introducing him or her to the household. Doing so will get the care of a new pet off to a good start as we’ll be able to diagnose any infectious diseases or congenital problems early.
During this first visit, we’ll discuss the proper care techniques that will start your pet on a long road of good health and longevity. We encourage you to ask us any questions about the care of your new pet during this visit.
In addition to checking your new pet’s overall health, Shackleford Road Veterinary Clinic also uses this opportunity to set up a schedule of vaccinations. Typically, puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccinations starting at around six to eight weeks of age. This series is then continued about every three weeks until around 14 to 16 weeks of age. At that point, your puppy or kitten will be finished with this initial set of vital vaccines with annual vaccines being administered each year.
At your initial checkup, a fecal exam and worming, if necessary, will also be completed.
If your kitten has not already been tested, we recommend that we screen him or her for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). This is done via a simple blood test.
This new pet examination is designed to set the stage for a series of annual wellness exams that should take place throughout your pet’s life. In addition to annual vaccines and fecal exams, these visits allow our staff to detect and treat any health problems early. This could lead to a better outcome and health for your pet. Other possible services we take care of during these annual exams include heartworm testing and preventive medications for dogs, flea and tick treatment as needed, and any other preventive medications necessary.