Puppy & Kitten Wellness|
"Prevention is the best medicine". This is the philosophy of the doctors and staff at Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center. We feel that the most important thing we do here is to promote preventative care that begins with your puppy or kitten's very first visit.
For the first few months, as you bring your puppy or kitten in for his/her initial wellness exam and series of vaccines, we will tailor your pet's visits to specific criteria to provide optimum vaccines and timely information about your pet's development. We ask that you bring in any previous health records from the breeder or previous owner, certificates for your pet, and of course, a stool sample (fecal) to test for intestinal parasites.
When bringing in your puppy or kitten for the first time, you will receive a booklet of information from OPVMC concerning your new addition, health needs, housebreaking, vaccine schedule, and to expect sleepless nights while the new "baby" adjusts to being away from his/her mother and littermates. If it's been a while since there was a puppy or kitten in your life, you may have forgotten about the sharp teeth, and claws, constant playing and joyful exuberance of a young puppy or kitten. The booklet highlghts the growth and developmental stages that your new pet will go through, identifies normal behaviors, and provides tips on behavioral management utilizing positive reinforcement techniques, as recommended by animal behaviorists.
OPVMC recommends that puppies and kittens be examined and receive vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age. Some puppies of certain breeds will also require a booster vaccine at 20 weeks. The recommendations for the types of vaccines to be given to your pet are made after review of your pet's lifestyle and risk factors for
Please feel comfortable asking your veterinarian questions we encourage it! After all, that's what we're here for