Now that you have your little bundle of joy with you at home, how will
you take care of this precious addition to your family? What do you do
when the “new baby” is a puppy or a kitten?
Schedule a visit with us soon after you acquire your new little pet for
an examination to make sure your new pet is healthy. It’s not unusual
for a young animal to have some diarrhea, or a mild runny nose. We can
help to handle these conditions.
The doctor will do a careful physical examination to make sure there are
no congenital (birth) defects you should be concerned about. Weight and
temperature will be noted. He or she will look for evidence of any
external parasites, such as ear mites or fleas. You should try to bring
a stool sample so that it can be examined microscopically for internal
parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms and other organisms.
Young animals have special needs, just like babies. Sometimes it takes a
little time to find just the right food that your little one digests
well and that is nutritionally complete and balanced. In New Jersey,
heartworm prevention is important, and we can help you to decide what
means of prevention is best for your pet. Kittens need to be tested for
feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses. These diseases
often show no signs for a few years, but are usually fatal. A simple
blood test can reassure you that your kitten is fine.
Our veterinarians will also discuss spaying or neutering your pet. These
procedures not only prevent unwanted puppies and kittens but contribute
to the health of your individual pet.