Importance of Puppy and Kitten Care from Our North Bay Veterinarian
Now that you have made the important decision of welcoming a new puppy or kitten to your family, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your new pet has everything they need to grow up strong, healthy and happy.
Our caring veterinary team at Airport Animal Hospital in North Bay, ON is here to help you take care of your new puppy or kitten and can schedule wellness visits and vaccinations to ensure their long term health. Regular veterinary visits throughout their life can keep them healthy for many years and it all begins with puppy and kitten care as early as 6 weeks after they are born.
You may not be aware that your new pet needs some special attention in their early years to ensure that they are protected from disease as their natural immunity they get from their mother’s milk decreases. They are highly vulnerable to infectious diseases so it is crucial that they have the best protection against these diseases, especially during the first weeks and months of their lives.
Our team of veterinarians is here to help you properly care for your new pet and offers a variety of services to make it easy for you to give them exactly what they need. Our North Bay veterinary office provides wellness care, dental care, 24-hour emergency services, and can give you care tips as well as all of the information about their necessary annual vaccinations.
Proper Puppy and Kitten Care Leads To a Long and Healthy Life
Your new pet will need to be seen by our veterinary team at 6 weeks old to begin a series of vaccinations they need to protect them from a variety of dangerous diseases. Most puppies and kittens will receive their final vaccination when they are 12 to 16 weeks old. The vaccinations will need to be maintained on an annual basis for optimal protection.
Other issues that are major concerns for puppies and kittens are parasites. Intestinal parasites include hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. It is normal for puppies to have some type of parasite and there is no need to worry as long as it is treated immediately. A major concern is heartworms, which are transmitted by mosquitoes. A simple blood test each year can detect the infestation and a regular routine of year round heartworm medication is suggested.
Our veterinarian can discuss spaying or neutering your pet at your visit. Our Airport Animal hospital team in North Bay is dedicated to the long term well-being of your new puppy or kitten and is always here to discuss any concerns or answer any questions you may have about your new pet.