Our Wake Forest vets provide the highest quality kitten and puppy veterinary care, advice and guidance throughout the important first year of your new family member's life.  

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

It is cause for excitement when you bring a new puppy or kitten home! This adorable new family member can't help but make everyone who sees them smile. 

As fun as they might be, there are also some serious health care concerns to take care of over the course of their first year of life. 

Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!

Puppies & Kittens, Wake Forest Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

Ideally, puppies should have their first veterinary appointment when they are about 6 weeks old. Kittens should have theirs at around 8 weeks old.

During your pet's first visit, your puppy or kitten will receive a physical assessment form one of our vets to determine their overall health, to look for signs of congenital conditions or disorders, and to check them for parasites. 

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We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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Lastly, for kittens, we will perform a blood test in order to check them for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. 

Follow-up Appointments

Puppies and kittens should attend between three and four veterinary appointments between 6 and 16 weeks of age. These vet visits will allow us to assess your pet's overall health and to administer the vaccines they require on schedule.

Puppy & Kitten Kits

Bringing home and new kitten or puppy comes with lots of responsibilities. 

To help you to navigate your new pet's first year of life, we will provide you with ample advice, information, guidance, and care. 

Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:

  • Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
  • Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • Nutrition information
  • A vaccination and medical care schedule
  • Information on spaying and neutering your pet

Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have about your new pet and will try to put your concerns to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!

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