Many of the same problems that affect people as they age, such as arthritis and diabetes, can also affect your pet. Making a few changes to the way you care for your furry friend will help you ens ...View Article
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Caring for a new puppy or kitten can be a lot of work. New pets need medical services, behavior training and a lot of love. At Duarte & Azusa Animal Hospital in Duarte, CA, we help pet owners take care of their new pets by providing standard services that can help keep your new kitten or puppy safe and healthy.
At your first appointment, we'll give your new pet a thorough checkup. Our new pet wellness exams are designed to catch early symptoms of illnesses. If your pet is diagnosed with a condition, we'll make recommendations for fast treatment. During the wellness checkup, we'll inspect your pet's coat, fur, teeth, ears, heart rate, breathing and more.
Kittens and puppies need vaccinations to help them combat common illnesses and deadly diseases. We recommend that all pets get the core vaccines when they are only weeks old. From that point forward, we'll recommend that your pet get regular booster shots. Depending on your pet's lifestyle, your pet may be also at risk for less common conditions. If this is the case, we may recommend certain non-core vaccinations.
It's a standard practice to give puppies and kittens deworming treatment. This is because pets who live with parasites may not display symptoms, but worms can still have a significant medical impact on pets over a long period of time. To ensure that your puppy or kitten is free of worms, your Duarte & Azusa Veterinarian will give your pet a deworming treatment.
Early on, your pet's veterinarian will have a talk with you about whether or not you plan to spay or neuter your pet. Spaying and neutering can have many benefits. In addition to preventing unwanted pet pregnancies and reducing behavior problems, spaying and neutering can help lower your pet's risk of contracting certain diseases and conditions later in life. In this way, spaying and neutering can actually increase your pet's lifespan.
Many first-time puppy and kitten owners have questions about the best ways to take care of their new pet. For these pet owners, we provide basic education about the care and feeding of their animal companion. We can help you learn to brush your pet's teeth, advise you on the best foods to feed your pet and can help you navigate the uncertain waters of behavioral training. For more information, we encourage you to ask us your questions at your pet's appointments.
Once your new kitten or puppy comes home, it's time to make an appointment with a Duarte & Azusa Animal Hospital veterinarian. We try to establish a relationship with your pet early on. This will help ensure that your pet is comfortable with the veterinarian, and can help you keep your pet healthy. Contact your pet's Duarte & Azusa veterinarian at 626-357-2251 to make an appointment today.