Your New Puppy or Kitten Is Welcome at Altos Veterinary Clinic
Bringing a new pet into your family? That is an exciting time! Altos Veterinary Clinic wants to help you make sure he or she is healthy from the beginning. Establishing a routine of regular examinations soon after your new pet joins your family helps to ensure good habits and comprehensive care.
Diagnosing and treating an illness early may help to reduce its effects. Altos Veterinary Clinic’s veterinarians always prefer preventive care rather than having to treat pet illness. Immunizations for pets is one important way to do this. A newborn retains the immunities passed on by the mother for only a few weeks. Vaccinations protect against disease and help ensure that your pet grows to be a happy, healthy adult. The lifestyle you anticipate for your pet is always taken into consideration when we decide on which vaccinations are appropriate for your pet.
Kitten and Puppy Exams Should Begin Early
Your new puppy or kitten should come in for a first examination within 24 hours of joining your family. We spend time talking with you, seeing how you and your pet interact, and making sure your kitten or puppy is comfortable with us by petting and cuddling before doing the examination.
This first exam is longer than later ones and involves more conversation so that we get to know your pet’s disposition and character. We play with their feet, ears, and eyes to make your pet calmer in future exams, and we’ll give you advice to help you establish boundaries between you and your pet. Frequent, positive contact with our staff members from an early age enhances your pet’s future interactions with us, as well as with members of your family and other people.
We perform a nose-to-tail examination to check your pet for any problems concerning:
- Teeth and mouth
- Heart and lungs
- Muscles and bones
- Congenital abnormalities
As your new pet returns to us every 3–4 weeks, we will continue to discuss and schedule:
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Diet, nutrition, and feeding the proper foods
- House training
- Tooth brushing and oral care
- Heartworm prevention
- Obedience training for puppies and kittens
- Behavioral problems and concerns, including preventing bad behaviors
Spay or Neuter Your Kittens & Puppies
Spaying and neutering pets is a good way to keep the unwanted pet population low and offers a number of additional health benefits. Pets adopted from the local shelters will likely already be “altered” when you receive them, but if you purchase or adopt an “intact” animal then feel free to ask us about the benefits of spaying/neutering early versus waiting. We may recommend your pet to be spayed or neutered between 5 – 6 months of age, after all the immunizations are complete, or we may opt to wait for health reasons. The timing of this procedure will be individualized for your pet based on breed and lifestyle, just as any other care your pet will receive at Altos Veterinary Clinic.