Puppy & Kitten Care
If you are considering adopting or purchasing a puppy or kitten, or if you’ve recently
brought one home, the professionals at Lake Animal Hospital are here to support and guide you.
Inviting a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting and challenging time. As a new owner, we know you love your new puppy or kitten and want him or her to be healthy and happy. The staff at Lake Animal Hospital is here to assist you with all your new companion’s health care needs!
Make a Healthy Start
Schedule an initial veterinary visit for your new pet within a few days of them joining your family. As the owner of a new puppy or kitten, the first appointment is a good time to discuss nutrition, immunizations, intestinal parasite screenings, and other preventive health care concerns.
If you are a first-time pet owner, this is an opportunity to learn about your new pet’s medical and other health needs. If you have adopted your pet from a local shelter or rescue, Lake Animal Hospital offers a free exam for your adopted pet’s first visit. Please bring any prior veterinary, rescue, or breeder records and pet health information to the first appointment. Click here and request your first appointment today!
Your puppy's or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have monthly exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health as they grow. Early detection of health concerns allows us to correct a problem before it becomes significant.
Puppies and kittens receive natural immunity against many diseases from their mother, but this protection only lasts for a few weeks. It is recommended that your new puppy or kitten’s vaccination series begin by 8 weeks of age. Puppies and kittens need a series of booster vaccines to stimulate their immune system to build protection against disease. It is of utmost importance to vaccinate your new pet against the many serious, life-threatening diseases to which young animals are susceptible.
We recommend that all puppies and kittens are tested for intestinal parasites. Parasite infections are very common in youngsters. These infectious parasites steal nutrients that are essential for your pet’s growth and cause discomfort and disease. We will ask that you bring a sample of your new pet’s feces to the first appointment. If found, these parasites are best treated with prescription medications.
In addition to parasites, all new kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS. These viral infections can be transmitted to a kitten at birth. Initial blood testing for Feline Leukemia is recommended for all kittens and new adoptees of unknown history.
Spay & Neuter
Spaying or neutering your new puppy or kitten is an option to be discussed with your veterinarian during early pet wellness checks. Unless you are planning to breed your dog or cat, there are numerous reasons to consider spaying if you have a female or neutering if you have a male. A spayed or neutered pet will generally have a better temperament, fewer health problems, and will not contribute to overpopulation. We recommend that you consider spaying or neutering your pet by a year of age for positive health and behavior benefits.
Each year, thousands of pets go missing, and many don’t ever make it home. Collars and tags can be lost and damaged, so these forms of identification may not be enough to ensure your pet’s safe return. Your pet needs identification that is reliable and can’t get lost, stolen, or damaged, and we recommend that all pets be microchipped.
Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes, and can be inserted during a regular appointment or at the time of spay and neuter. A microchip carries vital information about your pet-including your name, address, and contact information. A microchip is a safe, simple form of identification that can significantly increase the chance that your beloved pet will return safely. We use and recommend the HomeAgain Microchip. To learn more about the benefits of microchipping, click here.
We know you have committed to the lifelong care of your new pet and that your love will grow as more time passes and your bond deepens. Lake Animal Hospital is your ready partner, equipped to meet the challenges of caring for your pet from infancy to old age.
We look forward to meeting your new puppy or kitten. Contact us today to set up your first appointment. (651) 426-1381
And if you adopted from a shelter, your first visit is FREE!
VetSource medications, pet products and nutrition delivered right to your front door.
Use our convenient online form to request a refill of your pet’s prescription. Once ready, you can pick it up at our clinic.
Emergency or After-Hours Care
Animal Emergency Clinics:
St. Paul – (651) 293-1800
Oakdale – (651) 501-3766