Just as the needs of infants are different than those of teenagers, animal babies need different care than their older counterparts. Because of their size, they are much more susceptible to dehydration and other ailments. These conditions, which in older animals can cause discomfort, in young animals can actually cause death.
At the Irvine Pet Complex, we suggest that you bring your new puppies and kittens in to see us very soon after birth, preferably within the first two weeks of life, unless you need a tail dock and then you should see us within the first three or four days. Parasites are especially harmful to younger pets and can be present at birth. During that first veterinary exam, we will assess the pet’s need for parasite control.
At the initial visit, we decide on a course of vaccinations. Again, animal babies are just like human babies in that they are quite susceptible to virus and disease. Therefore, we want to get them vaccinated as soon as possible and as soon as they are ready. We do not start a course of vaccines, however, before a pet is ready. For different pets, that point of readiness comes at different times. This depends on breed, size, health, and environment.
When you visit us, we recommend that you bring a stool sample with you in a clean container (a sandwich bag is great)—this gives us a sample for testing without causing your pet undue trauma during its examination.
We want to be a part of your pet’s life from the start in order to keep them on the path to a healthy and long life.