Puppy and Kitten Care

Welcoming a New Member to Your Family
When you introduce a new puppy or kitten into your home, you’re starting a life-changing adventure that’s sure to bring lots of happiness and joy. During these early weeks and months, your new furry friend will be exploring everything in his or her environment.

It’s an exciting time, but it’s also a period when your pet will need extra guidance and protection. Our veterinarians and staff of Melrose Animal Clinic can help. Together, we will ensure that your puppy or kitten gets started off on the right paw.

Getting Started, Pet Wellness Exam
It’s important to schedule a wellness exam as soon as possible. You’ll want to bring any prior veterinary records and pet health information to the appointment, along with a stool sample. It’s also a good idea to write a list of questions in advance.

During your pets first exam, our veterinarians will conduct a comprehensive nose-to-toes exam. We will begin by checking your puppy or kitten’s eyes, ears, hair, skin, and teeth. We will listen to his or her heart and lungs, making sure that there are no respiratory issues. Because most puppies and kittens are born with intestinal parasites, we will recommend you start your new pet on a comprehensive deworming program, in the form of an easy to administer liquid, given at home over the next several weeks.

Our veterinarians will take this opportunity to provide breed-specific counseling about potential health risks and preventive care that will help to keep your puppy or kitten healthy. Including pet nutrition counseling, as each pet has his or her own needs based on breed, size, and activity level.

Staying Healthy for the Long Run
Puppies and kittens need vaccinations to protect them and promote a happy and health life. At Melrose Animal Clinic we are very careful to ensure that we tailor our vaccination protocols to the specific needs of our pet patients.

As your puppy or kitten matures, our veterinarians will advise you regarding the best ways to prevent fleas, ticks, heartworms, and more.

Have you considered Spay or Neuter Surgery?
We recommend that most pets be spayed or neutered between 6–8 months of age. When you bring your pet to our hospital, rest assured that he or she will receive the best possible veterinary care. At the Melrose Animal Clinic, we have developed a comprehensive protocol to ensure your pet’s health, safety and comfort, which sets us apart from many other veterinary practices.

We want your pet to have a successful surgery and a positive overall experience, as we do for our own furry family members.

To learn more about caring for your pets—canines, felines, young and old—follow the links below.