New puppies and kittens should visit Hickory Veterinary Hospital for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.
Puppies and kittens also have immature immune systems which makes 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.