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If you have a new puppy or kitten in your life, you want to make sure your special friend gets to enjoy the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible. But the care you provide for your puppy or kitten now right now is a critical stage for that lifetime of optimal well being -- and baby animals have their own special veterinary needs. That's why you need an animal clinic that knows how to care for puppies and kittens as well as adult and senior pets. Our veterinarian here at Rosemarie Pet Hospital, Dr. Morgan Patterson, can get your little one's life off to a strong start.
Puppies and kittens require veterinary help more or less from the beginning of their lives, not least because of the threat from serious infectious diseases. They have no inborn immunity to these potential killers except for the passive "maternal immunity" they receive from their mother. This temporary protection fades quickly, so we need to give your puppy or kitten a series of core vaccinations at the age of 8 weeks. Core vaccinations protect against the most common and deadly diseases (rabies, parvovirus, canine distemper and hepatitis for dogs; rabies, calicivirus, feline distemper and rhinotracheitis for cats). An initial round of core vaccinations primes the immune system to go into action, after which a second round brings the immunity up to full power.
Other preventative care is also critical for puppies and kittens. De-worming is an important step, since many forms of parasitic worms can be acquired from the mother. A parasite prevention program can then protect against worms, fleas and ticks. Spaying and neutering can also be considered a preventive wellness procedure, since sterilizing your pets before they're sexually mature helps to eliminate the prospect of reproductive cancers. We can take care of this procedure as soon as we feel your pet is old enough to have it done.
Diet is yet another important aspect of puppy and kitten care. You may need to provide 3 to 4 meals per day for the first few months to accommodate rapid growth and development (not to mention all that youthful energy). After the 6-month mark you can reduce this menu to a couple of meals per day, switching again to a single daily meal after the first year. Our veterinary team can recommend the right products, portion sizes and meal frequency for healthy growth and normal weight.
Don't forget the dental care! Puppies and kittens replace their baby teeth with permanent teeth, just as humans do. We can monitor this development and remove baby teeth that refuse to come out on their own. Annual dental visits can then help us keep those permanent teeth healthy for life.
Your little friend has a big ally here at Rosemarie Pet Hospital. Call us at 209-957-8387 to schedule any necessary puppy and kitten care!
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Great service and great vets. Very personal and professional staffing. Love their weekend hours and really like how I can call up and always get a same day appointment if needed.