Your new puppy or kitten needs high-quality vet care in their first year of life, and as a new owner, our O’Fallon vets are here to help you with guidance and advice.

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Vets for Kittens & Puppies in O’Fallon

Coming home with a brand new kitten or puppy can be so magical. This adorable, cuddly new member of the family knows how to make everyone smile.

As exciting as it can be, there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new pet's 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!

Vet for Kittens in O’Fallon

Your Pet’s First Appointment at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital

Puppies should have their initial veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.

During their primary visit, your pet will receive a complete physical assessment to check their health, look for signs of any congenital defects, and look for any external 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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Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Follow-up Appointments

Puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.

Puppy & Kitten Information Packs

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of important responsibilities.

To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and helpful information.

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

  • A vaccination and medical care schedule
  • Nutrition information
  • 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
  • Information on spaying and neutering your pet

Our vets will happily answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries 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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