To get them off on the right “paw”, we recommend that puppies and kittens visit Hickory Veterinary Hospital for a complete physical examination as soon as possible after you bring your new friend home.
The first step is a general health screening for visible health problems including fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites that could be transmitted to other pets or even humans in the household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health.
Puppies and kittens also have immature immune systems which make it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet.
Some of the most important vaccines for your young pet include:
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Bordetella
- CIV (Canine Influenza Virus)
- Feline Distemper
- Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Leukemia Virus
Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor pet) and regional considerations.
If you have questions about caring for your puppy or kitten, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (410) 838-7797 ext. 2.