Our Madison vets provide guidance, advice, and the highest quality of veterinary care during your puppy or kitten's critical first year of life.

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is an exciting time! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.

Fun as it may be, there is also some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.

During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a personalized healthcare plan to meet their specific needs, as well as provide you with plenty of support and guidance!

Kitten, Madison Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

We recommend that you bring your puppy or kittenin for a vet appointment around six weeks of age.

During this initial visit, your pet will be given a thorough physical examination to assess its overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.

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

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For kittens, we will perform a combination blood test to check for feline leukemia (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

Followup Appointments

Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should have 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits enable our veterinarians to assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on time.

Guidance on Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.

To help with your puppy or kitten's first year, we will provide guidance, support, and helpful information.

Specifically, we can take time during your pet's routine checkups to share everything you need to know about your puppy or kitten's early development.

Our Kitten and Puppy information packs contain what you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:

  • A schedule for vaccinations and medical care, based on your pet's age and development
  • 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 other pets already living in your home
  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • Nutrition information
  • Free samples of heartworm and flea preventive treatments

Our veterinarians will gladly answer any questions you may have and allay any concerns or worries you may have. We want you and your puppy or kitten to have everything you need to start a wonderful life together!

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