Just as the needs of infants are much different than those of teenagers, animal babies need different care then their older counterparts. Babies are much more susceptible to dehydration and other ailments because of their size. These conditions, which in older animals can cause discomfort, in young animals can actually cause death.
At Boones Creek Animal Hospital, we suggest that you bring your new puppies and kittens in to see us within the first six to eight weeks of life. Tail docking is only available within the first three to five days.
Parasites are especially harmful to younger pets and can be present at birth. During that first exam we will assess the pet’s need for parasite control. When you visit us, we recommend that you bring a stool sample with you in a clean container (a sandwich bag is great). This gives us a sample for testing without causing your pet undo trauma during its examination.
At the initial visit, we decide on a course of vaccinations. Animal babies are just like human babies in that they are quite susceptible to viruses and diseases; therefore, we want to get them vaccinated as soon as they are ready. The point of readiness comes at different times, depending on breed, size, health, and environment.
We want to be a part of your pet’s life from the start in order to keep him or her on the path to a long, healthy life.