The Exam

The most important part of your kitten or puppy's first visit with the veterinarian is the exam. Your doctor is looking for any signs of underlying illness, congenital disease, or birth defects. An experienced Veterinarian will be able to detect many of these problems on initial presentation. Other issues that are discussed during this initial consultation include:

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  • Parasite control – some of the most common parasites that your pet may be at risk for are: heart worms, fleas, ticks, mites, and intestinal parasites.

  • Vaccinations – the necessary vaccinations your pet will need to be protected against the more common infectious diseases.

  • Spaying /neutering – why you should, when you should, or when or why you should not.

  • House training – house proofing and those first days home.

  • Feeding and nutrition – what to feed, when to feed, what not to feed.

This first exam is also your first opportunity to raise any concerns you may have about your newest family member and our first opportunity to get to know both you and your pet. This relationship should last for a lifetime. It is important to get it right from the start.