Care for Puppies & Kittens in Charlotte
It's an exciting day when you get to bring your new puppy or kitten home! Your cute, cuddly new four-legged friend can't help but make everyone around them smile.
As fun as these days may be, you'll also have some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year.
Your vet can create a custom healthcare plan geared to your pet's specific needs in their first year, and offer you plenty of support and guidance along the way.
Your Pet’s First Appointment in Charlotte
Ideally, puppies should see a vet for the first time at around 6 weeks old, and kittens at around 8 weeks.
At this initial visit, your vet will perform a complete physical examination to assess your pup's general health, check for external parasites and look for congenital defects.
Your pet will also receive deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
More About Vaccines & Prevention
Lastly, for kittens, we will conduct a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, kittens and puppies should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These checkups allow our vets to check your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
Puppy & Kitten Information Packs
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.
To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.
Our Kitten and Puppy information packs contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
- A vaccination and medical care schedule
- Information on spaying and neutering your pet
- Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
- Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
- Basic puppy training guidelines
- Nutrition information
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!