Puppies and kittens are a huge responsibility. If you live in Derby, one of the most important things you can do for your new furry friend is to schedule a hospital appointment at the El Paso Animal Hospital.
Wellness exams help get your new puppy or kitten on a good start to life. With regular visits, you can address any underlying health issues and set up a preventative plan for the first year of your pet’s life. New puppies and kittens visit the vet frequently until they turn a year old. After that, wellness visits should occur once a year.
Vaccinations help keep your pet healthy and strong, even when they are exposed to various illnesses. When you visit the veterinary clinic, we can provide you with a recommended schedule of vaccinations.
Types of Vaccinations
Core vaccinations for puppies include parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper, and rabies. For cats, the core vaccinations include calicivirus, herpes virus, and rabies. Your vet may also recommend additional vaccinations.
Puppies and kittens are tested for worms two to four times per year when they are very young and once a year as adults. You can keep your pet flea and tick free with a monthly preventative. This preventative can also safeguard against heartworm, which is potentially life-threatening.
Spaying and Neutering
Every year millions of dogs and cats end up in our nation’s animal shelters. Spaying can reduce the chances of mammary gland tumors, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer. Spaying and neutering are recommended by the time your pet is six months of age.
Special Diet Considerations
Just like people, pets can suffer from sensitive stomachs and digestive problems that warrant a special diet. If you have a pet that won’t eat or suffers from an upset stomach after eating, talk to your veterinarian to find the best diet to help resolve your pet’s problems.
Behavior Training and Socialization
Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about how behavior training and socialization from the beginning will help make your pet more enjoyable and reduce stress. Your puppy can learn basic commands at a very young age, including sit, stay, wait, no, leave it, and come. It’s also important to train your dog on a leash and socialize him with other animals.
Benefits of Pet Insurance
Pet insurance works just like health insurance for people. It can save you money should your pet get hurt or suffer from a major illness. Just be sure to read the policy carefully to understand what is covered and what isn't before signing up.