Venetian Pet Hospital Offers Puppy and Kitten Care
Getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting event for your household. However, these small creatures need special care to protect their health and to help them develop properly. At Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton, CA, we can provide the care to ensure your puppy or kitten grows up strong and healthy.
Puppy Care in the Early Months
The immune system of puppies is not fully developed, so immunization from common canine diseases is particularly important. Puppies should begin to receive protection from contagious disease in the early weeks, with booster shots until the age of 20 weeks. Thereafter, they should receive immunizations for distemper, parvovirus, and canine hepatitis. Rabies vaccines are given at seven months or more, depending on state laws. Other vaccines may also be needed if you board your puppy or if other canine diseases are experiencing an outbreak in your area of the country. Your puppy should also receive heartworm medication to prevent heartworm disease. Your Stockton veterinarian can also advise you on proper nutrition for your puppy, for normal growth and development.
Kitten Care in the Early Months
Kittens also receive a series of immunizations in the early weeks. These vaccines are to protect against rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia. Rabies vaccine is given after 4 months. Your veterinarian may also recommend vaccines against feline leukemia, chlamydophila felis, and feline giardia. The vet can also advise you about nutrition, litter box problems, and behavioral issues.
Ensuring Proper Care for Your Young Pet
Keeping your puppy or kitten safe is another important action in the early months. Do not allow your pet outdoors without a leash or carrier. Be aware that a young animal likes to chew and must be protected from electrical cords and other hazardous objects. Get an ID tag for your pet and have him or her microchipped. Regular veterinary visits will help your pet develop normally and avoid many common illnesses.
Make Venetian Pet Hospital Your Veterinarian in Stockton
Dr. Stephen Ayres has extensive training in veterinary medication and uses his years of experience to help his patients in Stockton, CA, and the surrounding communities maintain good health throughout life. We offer many services for our patients, including exams, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, emergency care, and grooming. Call Venetian Pet Hospital today at 209-477-3926 for an appointment to schedule an examination and to learn about the best ways to care for your puppy or kitten.