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Congratulations on your new family member!
Visit us within a few days of bringing your new pet home! Puppies and kittens often have parasites and fleas, and we’ll want to get those cleared up right away. During this visit we discuss vaccinations, training, and feeding.
Bring a fecal sample and any health records, including already vaccinations administered, to your first appointment.
Pennsylvania has a Puppy Lemon Law, which protects consumers in instances when a purchased pet is unhealthy or has a congenital or hereditary defect. To preserve your rights under the law, you must take your newly purchased dog to a licensed veterinarian for examination within 10 days of purchase.
What vaccinations should my puppy or kitten get?
At your first visit, we’ll discuss your individual situation, the risks your pet will encounter, and develop a personalized vaccination schedule. Puppies and kittens will require a series of several vaccines to ensure immunity.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
Spaying or neutering is an important part of caring for your pet. Besides eliminating unwanted litters, there are multiple health and behavioral benefits. Males will be better mannered and less likely to roam and several cancers are reduced or eliminated.
What if my puppy or kitten gets sick?
Your pet’s health is most vulnerable during the first year of life. Watch for any of the signs listed below and contact us immediately if you suspect your pet is unwell.
Signs of Illness: Lack of appetite, Poor weight gain, Vomiting, Swollen or painful abdomen, Lethargy (tiredness), Diarrhea, Difficulty breathing, Wheezing or coughing, Pale gums, Swollen, red eyes or eye discharge, Nasal discharge or sneezing, Inability to pass urine or stool
Care for Your Pet and They’ll Care for You. Read VetStreet’s kitten and puppy care basics. Consider investing in an obedience class.