Our Grand Prairie vets at Carrier Animal Hospital provide guidance, advice, and the highest quality of veterinary care during your puppy or kitten's critical first year of life.
Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bringing home a fluffy new puppy or kitten is an exciting time! These cute, cuddly new family members can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile.
Nonetheless, as fun as they may be, there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.
Your kitten or puppy's vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!
Your Pet’s First Appointment
Puppies should ideally have their first vet appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your young pet will receive a thorough physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, your kitten's vet will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 vet appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Packages
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our vets in Grand Prairie will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- 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 vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!