It is crucial that your new pet receives the extra care that is needed within the first year of its life. Our vets in Gardena are here to help provide comprehensive care and advice for your newest addition.

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How Do I Care For My New Puppy or Kitten?

Adding a new addition to your family is an incredible experience. Your new companion is sure to cause a fair bit of excitement once it arrives.

Along with the fun, you need to also remember that there will be very specific health care needs that come along with your new furry friend. 

The vet at our clinic will be able to work with you to develop a unique health care plan that will meet your companion's needs as well as provide you with support and advice during their first year.

Puppies & Kittens, Gardena Veterinarians

What Your Pet’s First Visit Entails

Your puppy vet will recommend that they should typically have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age.

Your kitten vet on the other hand will suggest that your kitten has their first appointment around eight weeks of age.

During this introductory meeting, your vet will perform a complete physical exam, monitor for any signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.

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We will provide your new pet with deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and administer the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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It is also recommended that kittens are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Follow-up Appointments

Between the ages of 6 to 16 weeks of age your pet should have completed 3 to 4 veterinary visits. These appointments will allow your vets to determine your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.

Puppy & Kitten Education

A puppy or kitten comes with a plethora of responsibilities.

We know that there will be many things to remember and so we offer some helpful advice and tips to help make the transition smooth.

We offer educational materials and advice that you can bring home to help you provide the best care for your new pet. 

  • A vaccination and medical care schedule
  • Information on spaying and neutering your pet
  • Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
  • Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • Nutrition information

Our goal is to provide you with caring and compassionate care and to make you and your new pet as comfortable with us as possible. 

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