Puppies and Kittens

A “nose to tail” examination allows us to fully evaluate the health and well being of your new puppy or kitten.  Based on exam findings and risk assessment, recommendations are tailored to your pet’s individual needs.  We review any concerns to ensure you have all the information you need to get your new family member off to the right start.

Vaccination

Vaccinating is the single most important preventative care you can provide for your pet.  A newborn pup or kitten only has immunity passed from mom through the colostrum.  Within weeks, this protective immunity subsides and your pet is completely at risk.  Vaccinations stmulate your pet’s own immune system to become self sufficient and provide protection against disease.

For puppies, we recommend vaccinating at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.

For kittens, we recommend vaccinating at 8, and 12 weeks of age.

Parasite control

We recommend multiple deworming treatments up to 6 months of age and at least 1 fecal analyses within the first year of life as recommended by the “Canadian Guidelines for the Prevention of Parasites in Dogs and Cats“.

Nutrition

We recommend feeding a premium quility puppy or kitten food.  Large breed puppies have unique requirements and should be fed “large breed” puppy food.

Behavior

House training can begin when your pup first gets home.

Good manners and obedience training are very important for any new pup.  Proper socialization to different animals, people and situations is critical to healthy behavioral development.  Effective house training and obedience training allow you and your dog to communicate more effectively.  As a general rule, well trained dogs are less likely to have behavioral problems as an adult.  Some of the most common problems include lack of housetraining, destructive behavior, excessive energy and aggression.  Preventing problems before they happen is always easier than treating problems.
For pet behavior articles, please refer to the “American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior” website.

For pet behavior videos, please visit the Animal Behavior Resources Institute.

Pet Insurance

Health care is expensive whether it’s for people or pets.  Health insurance provides added financial security for your pet’s health and well being.  Trying to decide if pet health insurance is right for you?  Refer to the OVMA Pet Insurance InfoSheet.

For more information on Ontario pet health insurance companies, refer to the following links.

www.petsecure.com
www.pcinsurance.ca
www.caapets.com
www.petinsurancehbc.com
www.trupanion.com
www.gopetplan.ca
www.petsplusus.com
www.vetinsurance.com
www.petfirst.com
www.ospcainsurance.ca

Microchip

Concerned about losing your pet?  A microchip is a small chip that is implanted in your pet to provide permanent identification in the event your pet should get lost.  The microchip has an alphanumeric code unique to your pet that provides the information needed to contact you to arrange a reunion.
For more information please refer to 24petwatch.com.