At Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood, our vets provide guidance, advice and high-quality care to you and your pet all throughout your kitten or puppy's critical first year of life. 

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

Bringing home a new kitten or puppy is a real reason to be excited! Your new, cute and cuddly family member won't be able to help but bring a smile to the face of everyone who sees them.

As fun as your new pet may be, there is also some serious healthcare business to take care of during the critical first year of your young companion's life. 

Our vets will be able to develop a customized healthcare plan designed to meet your pet's unique needs during their first year.

We will also be sure to provide you with all of the support and healthcare guidance you will need along the way.

Puppies & Kittens, Stanwood Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

Puppies should have their first veterinary appointment at around six weeks old. Kittens should have theirs at around eight weeks old.

During this initial visit, your pet will receive a comprehensive physical examination to assess their overall health, to look for signs of congenital defects and to check for external parasites. 

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We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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Lastly, we will perform blood tests on kittens to check them for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Followup Appointments

Your puppy or kitten should attend 3 or 4 veterinary appointments while they are between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks old.

These visits give our vets the chance to assess your companion's health and well-being, as well as administer vaccines and parasite prevention treatment on schedule.

Puppy & Kitten Information Packages

Bringing home a new kitten or puppy can come with a whole host of new responsibilities. 

Our vets are here to help you navigate your kitten or puppy's first year of life, providing plenty of guidance, advice and information to help you make your pet's first year a special and successful one.

Our Kitten and Puppy information packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:

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

Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!

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