Preventive Care for New Kittens & Puppies
Bringing a new pet into the home is a very exciting time. Establishing a relationship with a veterinary team in advance is crucial to success in the first weeks and months of your journey into puppy or kitten love. Preventive care for your pet is a lifelong commitment.
Pets typically go home during the 6 to8-week old range. This coincides with their first set of vaccinations. In general, required vaccinations are due every 3 to 4 weeks. This lasts until your pet reaches 16 to 18 weeks of age. At Bethel Veterinary Hospital, we set aside extra time for your first office visit. We make sure your new family member is thoroughly examined and that concerns are addressed and answered.
Annual Physical Exams and Vaccinations
While the practice of immunization is important to establishing and maintaining health in cats and dogs, it is only one component of a large set of goals we aim to achieve in the annual visit. First, a medical history is taken. Next, in-house screening tests for infectious diseases are performed. After that, maintenance procedures (such as nail trimming) are offered. Lastly, your pet receives a detailed physical examination by our experienced doctors. A dialogue between you and the doctor is essential to uncovering potential hidden medical issues that may not be obvious to the naked eye.
Neutering Pets: Why Do It?
The benefits of neutering pets are many. Firstly, it improves their quality of life in several ways. They are better behaved and less aggressive. Without the negative influence of hormones on their developing brains, they are less likely to wander from home. Additionally, there are a variety of cancers that can be prevented. The cumulative result is a happier pet with a longer lifespan and a safer family environment for everyone under your roof.
Parasite Testing & Prevention
Our pets are curious creatures, and as a result, they are very prone to troublesome infestations by a long list of internal and external parasites. These include intestinal parasites, heartworms, fleas, and ticks. Annual and semi-annual screening tests are essential in confirming that our efforts in prevention have been successful.