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Puppy & Kitten Care

Few things are better than the joy and excitement of a new furry friend, in our opinion! At Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate, our first recommendation to new pet parents is always to schedule a physical exam as soon as possible. This is important even if you're a seasoned pet owner! Each pet is unique and young dogs and cats require more frequent and special veterinary care to ensure they are prepared for a long, happy, and healthy life with you.

Veterinary visits are a source of fear and anxiety for many pets. For this reason, it's beneficial for young pets to start visiting us early on so they become comfortable in a hospital setting and form comfortable and positive relationships with our doctors and staff.

Whether you have a new puppy or kitten, microchipping and spay/neuter procedure are staple services for all new pets:

 

Microchipping

  • Pets can be microchipped at any age. Because microchips provide a lifetime of permanent, foolproof identification, the sooner a microchip is inserted, the better!

  • Microchips are inserted beneath the skin, between the shoulder blades.

  • Insertion takes only a few seconds and your pet will experience no or minimal pain. This can also be done at the same time as other services, like while administering vaccines, performing spay/neuter procedure, or during a routine wellness visit.

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Spay/Neuter Procedure

  • The general recommendation is to perform spay/neuter procedure around six months of age. Timing varies in some cases, and our trained hospital team will work with you to do what is best for your pet's health and behavioral goals.

  • Pets can return to the comfort of their own homes the same day as surgery and recovery is typically a breeze.

  • This is an important procedure that benefits your individual pet’s health, improves behavior, and prevents unwanted litters, as well as helps curb pet overpopulation and frees up much-needed space in animal shelters.

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Puppy Care

Wellness Exams

  • We schedule puppy wellness exams at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. This allows us to monitor growth, prevent illness and parasites early on, and answer any questions you may have regarding your puppy's health, behavior, and more.

  • Puppy wellness visits include a comprehensive nose-to-tail physical examination, fecal exam, and core and non-core vaccinations.

Vaccinations

  • Vaccines keep your puppy protected against life-threatening conditions, which is especially important for their immature immune systems.

  • Before your puppy has received all of the vaccines they need during the first year of life, we recommend being mindful where you take your new puppy. Your home is the safest place. Forego dog-friendly locations like dog parks, daycares, and boarding facilities until your puppy is fully vaccinated.

  • Core vaccines are recommended for all dogs. This includes: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Rabies, and Leptospirosis

  • Non-core vaccines are recommended based on lifestyle, risk of exposure, and unique health considerations. This includes: Bordetella (kennel cough) and Canine Influenza.

Click here to learn more about vaccines and how they keep your pet safe.

 

Kitten Care

Wellness Exams

  • We schedule kitten wellness exams at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. This allows us to monitor growth, prevent illness and parasites early on, and answer any questions you may have regarding your kitten's health, behavior, and more.

  • Kitten wellness visits include a comprehensive nose-to-tail physical examination, fecal exam, core and non-core vaccinations, and tests for conditions common in kittens.

Vaccinations

  • Your home is the safest place for your kitten before they are fully vaccinated. This will help to safeguard against potentially life-threatening conditions.

  • Core vaccines are recommended for all cats. This includes: Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Rabies.

  • Non-core vaccines are recommended based on lifestyle, risk of exposure, and unique health considerations. This includes: Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and Feline Infectious Peritonitis.

Click here to learn more about vaccines and how they keep your pet safe.

Multi-cat Households

  • We strongly recommend having your new kitten tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) before introducing him or her to other cats in your household.

  • Introducing a new kitten to a multi-cat household should be a slow and patient process. Cats are intrinsically territorial, so it's best to first keep the new kitten in a separate room so they can smell each other through the door, but not see each other. After some time apart, place your kitten in a carrier and let your other cats see and smell the new kitten. The next step would be to let them interact. Please do not rush this process!

  • We are happy to provide advice and discuss ways for a smooth introduction between your new kitten and other cat(s).