You probably can’t imagine having a new baby and not having them checked periodically to ensure they are healthy, and getting wellness exams for your puppies and kittens is just as important. Tall Grass Animal Hospital recommends a wellness appointment at our hospital in Aurora, CO for puppies and kittens at 8, 12, and 16 weeks. During these appointments, your pet will be given a thorough wellness exam to make sure they are thriving and growing, as well as the proper kitten or puppy shots and booster shots.
Recommended Shots for Your Puppy or Kitten
Both canines and felines have specific core vaccinations they should get to protect against common illnesses and diseases. These vaccinations should be given before your pet is 16 weeks of age, however rabies should not be given until your pet is 16 weeks or older. Puppy shots include rabies, distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis/bordetella shots, and kittens will need rabies and FVRCP. Other lifestyle-related vaccinations may also be recommended.
Spaying & Neutering Puppies and Kittens
It is always recommended that pets be spayed or neutered at an early age, six to eight months of age. Having them spayed and neutered reduces or eliminates the risk of certain cancers, unwanted litters and can help with overall behavior.
Technology has allowed pet owners a new convenience in the form of pet microchipping. This procedure involves implanting a tiny microchip under your pet’s skin that can be used for identification if your pet is ever lost or turns up at a shelter. Microchipping your pet early is important and could prevent losing your pet later on.
Things Typically Covered During Initial Wellness Exams
Of course, your puppy or kitten will be examined for good health during their exam. However, there are several other things the vet will talk to you about during your visit, such as:
- Recommendations for specific trainers if needed
- Pet insurance availability, such as through Trupanion, Nationwide, and PetPlan
- Proper dental care and planning for dental health at all stages of your pet’s life
- Parasite control, prevention, and testing, such as fleas and ticks or heartworms
The more attentive you are to making sure your puppy or kitten gets their wellness exams early in life, the healthier they are bound to be, which means you get as many happy moments with your pet as possible. Reach out to us at Tall Grass Animal Hospital for an appointment.