The initial examination that your puppy or kitten receives is critical to its well-being and long-term health. Dr. Mills will pay particular attention to the proper growth and development of the eyes, ears, teeth and enamel, skin and nails, and internal organs. Each youngster will be checked for hereditary or nutritional deficits and the absence of external parasites.

Puppies and kittens receive natural immunity against many diseases within the first few hours of life from their mother's milk, the colostrum, but this protection only lasts for a few weeks. It is recommended that your new puppy or kitten’s vaccination series begin at 6 weeks of age. It is of utmost importance to guard your new pet against the many serious, life-threatening diseases to which young animals are susceptible.

Over the course of several visits you may expect your pup to be vaccinated to prevent: parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, hepatitis, kennel cough, leptospirosis, and rabies.

Kittens are tested for retroviral diseases and vaccinated to prevent: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, chlamydia, distemper, and rabies. Depending on their potential for being an outdoor cat, they will also be vaccinated for feline leukemia.

Laboratory tests to ensure your little friend is free of internal parasites (which also can be transmitted to humans) may be recommended.

Canyon Creek Animal Clinic’s team is eager to provide accurate information and explanations about new puppy or kitten behavior, offer practical strategies to prevent problems of developing pets, or advice to correct early behavioral issues. We’d love to chat!