Puppy & Kitten Wellness Exams From Your Jacksonville Veterinarian
You’ve just brought home a new furry bundle of joy and you’re ready to visit a veterinarian in Jacksonville for your first puppy exam or kitten exam. Hopefully you’re headed to Animal Hospital of Onslow County, led by a top-notch team of highly skilled and caring veterinarians, Dr. David H Altman, Dr. Craig Corry and Dr. Clayton McQuiddy. Rounding out the staff at our clinic area group of passionate pet care professionals who adore animals and are here to ensure that your pets get the love, care and respect that any beloved family member deserves.
What you’ll find at Animal Hospital of Onslow County is a welcoming environment aimed at making both you and your pet feel as comfortable and safe as possible. On your first visit to our clinic, we’ll talk to you about your pet’s medical history and get any details about the care he received and the environment he lived in before being adopted by you. We’ll then do a thorough examination and discuss the need for any treatments, medications or vaccinations. We will explain and discuss all recommendations with you before administering any treatments. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have at this time.
Exams may vary, depending on your pet’s age, breed, size and general health. For puppies and kittens, our initial veterinary exams typically include an inspection of your pet’s body - hair, skin, paws, eyes, mouth, nose and extremities. Vital signs, such as blood pressure, heartbeat and breathing, will also be checked. Additionally, we will also take a stool as well as a blood sample.
Puppies and kittens who are under a couple of months old will also likely need to get a series of vaccinations, which help to protect pets from harmful, or even deadly, infections and diseases.
How to Prepare for the Exam
In most cases, it is beneficial to avoid giving your pet any food for 10 to 12 hours before his vet visit for a wellness exam or vaccination. Water is fine and should be given freely up to the time of his exam. Other than that, pets should just be treated as normal and monitored for any signs of illness or injury that you may want to point out to the vet. For pets that may be a bit skittish, be sure to provide some extra TLC before heading into the clinic to help your pet feel a sense of safety.
Pets typically begin their schedule of vaccinations at around 8 weeks old and continue receiving some of the treatments until they are about 20 weeks old. Other treatments or booster shots, such as rabies shots and flea/tick prevention, are given throughout the pet’s life to maintain wellness. The initial round of vaccinations are given in regular intervals of 3 to 4 weeks and includes:
DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus), Coronavirus, Bordetella and Leptospirosis. Rabies shots are given at 12 weeks.
FVRCCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia, and Panleukopenia) and FELV (for Leukemia). Again, rabies shots will be given at 12 weeks.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Jacksonville Veterinarian
To learn more about puppy and kitten wellness exams or any of our other services, please call Animal Hospital of Onslow County today!