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Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Our Irvine vets provide guidance, advice, and the highest quality of veterinary care during your puppy or kitten's critical first year of life.

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is a joyous occasion! Everyone who comes into contact with this adorable, cuddly new family member smiles.

As entertaining as it may be, there is some serious health care to attend to during your new pet's first year of life.

During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a personalized health care plan to meet their unique needs, as well as provide you with plenty of support and guidance!

Puppies & Kittens, Irvine Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

Puppies should see their first veterinarian around six weeks, and kittens around eight weeks.

Your pet will have a complete physical examination during this first visit to assess their overall health, look for signs of congenital defects, and check for external parasites.

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We will also administer roundworm and hookworm deworming medications, as well as the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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For kittens, a blood test for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus is also performed.

Follow-up Appointments

Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should have three to four veterinary appointments. Our veterinarians can assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on time during these visits.

Puppy & Kitten Care

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

Our team will provide plenty of guidance, support, and useful information to help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year.

Everything you need to know about your pet's early development is discussed during your appointments, which include:

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

Our vets will gladly answer any questions you have and allay any fears or concerns. We want to make sure you and your puppy or kitten have everything you'll need to start a happy life together!

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New Patients Welcome

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

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(949) 551-0304