When welcoming a new furry member to your family, it’s a very exciting time filled with happiness (and the occasional frustration). Like any baby, the first few months that your new puppy or kitten is in your home is a time where your pet will need extra guidance and protection. It’s important to schedule a wellness exam as soon as possible to ensure that your new friend is starting your lives together as happy and healthy as possible. When visiting for the first time, you’ll want to bring any prior veterinary records and pet health information to the appointment, as well as a stool sample. We advise that you come prepared to ask questions. During this first exam, we will check your puppy or kitten’s eyes, ears, hair, skin and teeth, as well as listen to his or her heart or lungs to guarantee that everything is in working order. Because most puppies and kittens are born with intestinal parasites, we also recommend that you start your new pet on a comprehensive de-worming program. This consists of an easy to administer liquid that you give to your new pet at home over the first several weeks.
Ensuring Long-term Health
Each breed has their own specific health concerns of which owners should be aware. Our veterinarians will provide breed-specific counseling about any potential health risks and preventative care that will help keep your puppy or kitten healthy. Additionally, we will guide you to achieve the perfect nutrition regimen, as each pet has his or her own needs based on breed, size and activity level. As mentioned above, regular vaccinations are strongly recommended to protect your new pet and promote the healthiest lifestyle possible. Saugus Animal Hospital doctors will tailor our vaccination protocols to the specific needs of our new patients, as well as advise you on the best ways to prevent heartworms, fleas, ticks and other pesky parasites as your puppy or kitten matures.
Spay and Neuter
We recommend that most pets be spayed or neutered between six-eight months of age. When you bring your pet to our hospital for the procedure, you can be sure that he or she will receive the best possible veterinary care. For every procedure, highly trained staff monitors and ensures your pet’s health, safety and comfort.