Puppies and kittens are a huge responsibility. One of the most important things you can do for your new furry friend is to visit us! We are excited to meet your new addition and walk you through a wellness action plan to kick start a healthy life for them.
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 EPAH, we can provide you with a recommended schedule of vaccinations.
Types of Vaccinations
Core vaccinations are a key priority when safeguarding your new pet. It is important your puppy plan includes parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper, and rabies. For cats, the core vaccinations include calicivirus, herpes virus, and rabies.
Local factors and your pet's individual risk factors may lead our Veterinarian to recommend additional vaccinations.
A puppy or kitten compliance plan is critical to the health of your new furry friends. Puppies and kittens are tested for worms two to four times per year when they are very young and once a year as adults.
There are many parasite preventative options and can seem overwhelming, we understand! Our Veterinarian's are here to help educate and guide you on the best options to keep your pet flea, tick and worm free with a monthly preventative. Preventatives 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 due to pet overpopulation. EPAH is well known for providing affordable safe an effective spay and neutering services. Our Veterinarian's would be happy to discuss a plan that is best for you and your pet.
Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters, help protect against serious health problems, and may reduce many behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct. In addition, spaying can reduce the chances of mammary gland tumors, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer. Spaying and neutering age can vary, but is typically recommended by the time your pet is six months of age.
Special Diet Considerations
Just like people, pets can suffer from sensitive stomachs, digestive problems and allergies that may warrant a special diet. If you have a pet that won’t eat, suffers from an upset stomach after eating or has other complications, talk to your veterinarian to find the best diet to help resolve your pet’s problems.
Behavior Training and Socialization
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. Be sure to read the policy carefully to understand what is covered prior to signing up.
If you live in the Derby area and are looking for a veterinary hospital for your new cat or dog, walk-ins are welcome. Visit us during business hours 8-11:30am & 1-5:30pm Monday-Friday, 8-Noon Saturdays. Questions before you visit? Call or text El Paso Animal Hospital at (316) 788-1000.