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Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Your puppy or kitten will need diligent care in their first year of life. Our Tennessee vets are here to provide guidance, advice and all the services your new pet will need.

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

It's an exciting day when you get to bring home a new puppy or kitten! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile. 

Fun as this time may be, you'll also have some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pat's first year of life. 

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

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Your Pet’s First Appointment

Ideally, puppies should have their first veterinary appointment at about 6 weeks of age, and kittens around 8 weeks.

During this initial visit, your veterinarian will thoroughly examine your pet to assess their overall health, check for signs of congenital defects and look for external parasites. 

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We will also administer deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms, 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.

Followup 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 means taking on a lot of new responsibilities. 

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

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

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

Our vets will be happy to 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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New Patients Welcome

Belle Forest Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Tennessee companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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