At Saint John Animal Hospital, our veterinarians offer the targeted services your puppy or kitten needs to get off to a healthy start in life.

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting time! Your adorable new family member is bound to bring a smile to everyone's face.

Along with the joy of becoming a new pet parent comes the responsibility of providing your new pet with the essential healthcare they need to achieve long-term good health.

Our Saint John veterinarians provide guidance, advice, and targeted veterinary care for puppies or kittens during their critical first year of life.

Puppies & Kittens, Saint John Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

Our veterinarians recommend that puppies attend their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks of age.

Examination & Diagnostics

To begin, your puppy or kitten will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital issues, and check for parasites.

Parasite Prevention & Vaccinations

Deworming medications and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations will also be provided during this visit.

We will also be happy you discuss pet insurance with you during the initial visit.

Follow-Up Appointments

Approximately 3 to 4 veterinary appointments will be required for puppies and kittens between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks.

These visits allow our vets to monitor your pet's health and administer vaccines on schedule.

Puppy & Kitten Information

Caring for your new puppy or kitten is a big responsibility. To help you navigate your pet's critical first year of life, our team will provide you with guidance, support, and helpful information each step of the way, including:

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

At each appointment our veterinary team will make time to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns about your pet's health. We're here to help you provide your new puppy or kitten with the best possible care now and as they to grow.