Puppy & Kitten Care in Newport News
Having a new puppy or kitten in the home is usually a happy and exciting time for a family. If you recently brought home a new puppy or kitten, congratulations on the new addition! The team at Colony Animal Hospital wants to help your new fur baby get started on the right paw if you're in the Newport News and Hampton area. We recommend that they receive their first veterinary checkup as soon as they become a member or your family (no earlier than 6 weeks).
About the Puppy/Kitten Wellness Visit
During your pet’s first visit to Colony Animal Hospital, we conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your pet’s overall health. After recording our findings, we establish a wellness profile. This allows us to check your pet’s health progress for future exams and make recommendations on treatment if necessary.
With a new pet in the home, we know you may have questions about how to best care for them to give them a long, happy, healthy life. We can address all of your questions—including spaying/neutering, nutrition, behavior, microchipping, vaccinations, and parasite control—during the wellness visit. You can learn more about these services below.
Spaying & Neutering
We recommend that all dogs and cats not intended for breeding be spayed/neutered, as these procedures can provide a number of medical and behavioral benefits for your pet. Neutering can prevent pet testicular cancer, marking, and aggression. Spaying can prevent uterine infections, heat cycles, and breast tumors. We can discuss the best age to spay/neuter your pet during their visit to Colony Animal Hospital.
Puppy & Kitten Vaccinations
Since puppies and kittens tend to be vulnerable to parasites and other conditions, we recommend that you establish a vaccine protocol as soon as possible. Young pets typically require a series of vaccinations within their first year to equip the immune system with antibodies. Colony Animal Hospital can develop a vaccination schedule for your pet after the initial wellness exam. Your pet’s risk of exposure increases even more if you take them outside of the home to places such as grooming salons, daycare facilities, boarding kennels, and dog parks. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian before taking your pet to any of these places to make sure they have the proper vaccination coverage.
Parasite Testing & Prevention
Many puppies and kittens are born with intestinal worms (contracted by their mothers), which can cause a number of health problems if not treated. This is why deworming should be included with your pet’s first visit as well. To protect your pet from parasites (heartworms, fleas, ticks, etc.) in the future, we also recommend that you keep them on a year-round preventive.
We look forward to meeting your new four-legged friend, so schedule their first exam at Colony Animal Hospital in Newport News near Hampton today!