Adding a new kitten or puppy to the family is exciting! You've brought a new companion into your home with which to share unconditional love.
There is more to pet ownership than just fun and games, though. Proper veterinary care can be the difference-maker in ensuring them a long and happy life.
The first time you bring your new companion into our La Mesa vet clinic, the vet team at Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital will collaborate with you to create a care plan that is right for you and your new puppy or kitten.
Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.
During this initial visit, your pet will receive a complete physical examination to assess their overall health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and check for external parasites.
We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.
Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.
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 Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:
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!
Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of La Mesa companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.