Early Veterinary Care
Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting time! Your adorable new family member is bound to bring a smile to everyone's face.
Along with the joy of becoming a new pet parent comes the responsibility of providing your new pet with the essential healthcare they require to achieve long-term good health.
Our Greater Victoria veterinarians provide guidance, advice, and targeted veterinary care for puppies or kittens during their critical first year of life.
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Our veterinarians recommend that puppies have their first veterinary visit around six weeks of age, and kittens have their first visit around eight weeks of age.
Examination & Diagnostics
During your pet's first vet visit, your puppy or kitten will receive a physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital issues, and check for parasites.
Kittens will also be given a blood test to see if they have feline leukemia or the feline immunodeficiency virus.
Parasite Prevention & Vaccinations
Deworming medications and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations will also be provided during this visit.
Puppies and kittens between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks will require 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits enable our veterinarians to monitor your pet's health and administer vaccines on time.
Puppy & Kitten Packs
Caring for your new puppy or kitten is a big responsibility.
To help you navigate your pet's critical first year of life, our team will provide you with guidance, support, and helpful information each step of the way, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on spaying and neutering
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease and feline leukemia
- Tips on socializing your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets, already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
At each appointment, our veterinary team will take the time to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns you may have about your pet's health. We're here to help you give your new puppy or kitten the best care possible as they grow.