Kitten and puppy receive care during all stages of their lives at East Springs Animal Hospital

Puppy & Kitten Care

Newly adopted pets should visit East Springs Animal Hospital for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The physical exam is the first step to screen for health problems to ensure that you have acquired a healthy pet and any detectable diseases are found and not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to infectious disease that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventative products can help protect them against viruses, intestinal works, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile pets 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 preventative measure you can take for the health of your pet. Typical vaccine schedules start between 6 and 8 weeks of age and boosters are given every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks of age.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and/or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Trouble urinating or defecating