The initial examination that your puppy or kitten receives from your veterinarian is critical to its well-being and long-term health.
Your doctor will pay particular attention to the proper growth and development of the eyes, ears, teeth, tooth enamel, skin, nails, and internal organs. Each youngster will be checked for hereditary or nutritional deficits and the absence of external parasites.
Puppies and kittens receive natural immunity against many diseases within the first few hours of life from their mother’s milk, the colostrum, but this protection is short-lived. Your doctor will recommend a vaccination program that will protect your puppy or kitten against the many serious, life-threatening diseases to which young animals are susceptible.
Taking into account animal health care threats that may vary by local conditions, over the course of several visits, you may expect your pup to be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, kennel cough, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and rabies.
Kittens are tested for viral diseases and vaccinated to prevent calicivirus, chlamydia, distemper, leukemia, rhinotracheitis, and rabies.
Laboratory tests to ensure your little friend is free of internal parasites (which also can be transmitted to humans) will be recommended.