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We’re Ready to Meet Your New Puppy or Kitten

A tiny puppy at Rocky Point Animal Hospital in Rocky Point NY

Welcoming a new pet into your family is an exciting time, and everyone at Rocky Point Animal Hospital is committed to helping you keep him or her healthy right from the start. Establishing a routine of regular examinations soon after your new pet joins your family is the best way to begin.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the impact of a serious illness. Rocky Point Animal Hospital’s veterinarians always prefer to prevent illness rather than having to treat a sick pet. We will talk with you about your pet’s anticipated lifestyle and habits and take those into account when we recommend a customized vaccination plan for your pet’s age and situation. Remember, the immunities passed on to a young animal by its mother last only a few weeks. A series of vaccinations protects against disease and helps ensure that your pet grows to be a happy, healthy adult.

Kitten and Puppy Exams Should Begin Early

The puppy and kitten stage is a time in your pet’s life when many things can change very quickly. Ideally, we want to see a new kitten or puppy within 24 to 48 hours of when he or she comes home with you. We will examine him or her and advise you about when to start regular examinations and immunizations, usually at 6 to 8 weeks of age.

We will check your pet for any problems concerning:

A small kitten at Rocky Point Animal Hospital in Rocky Point NY
  • Teeth
  • Heart murmur
  • Hips and other orthopedic conditions
  • Hernias, cleft palate, or other congenital conditions

We’ll give you plenty of helpful information on care and feeding, as well as a schedule of recommended vaccinations. As your new pet returns to us every 3 or 4 weeks, we will discuss and schedule:

  • Vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter (see below)
  • Diet, nutrition, and the proper foods
  • Housebreaking
  • Obedience training
  • Behavioral problems and concerns

Your pet’s early visits are useful to begin an association of frequent, positive contact with our staff members. From this early age, these positive experiences enhance your pet’s future interactions with your family and other people.

Good Puppy and Kitten Nutrition Is Essential

Because obesity is such an easily avoidable pet health problem, we are pleased to talk about nutrition issues with you. Establishing good eating and exercise habits now will be beneficial as your puppy or kitten grows older. Feeding your pet the right amount and kind of pet food from the beginning helps to prevent health problems that are caused by nutritional deficits or being overweight.

Rocky Point Animal Hospital’s veterinarians will continue to work with you as your pet grows from a puppy or kitten into a healthy adult and eventually a faithful senior pet, living a long and happy life.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Spaying and neutering pets is the best way to keep the unwanted pet population low. Because too many animals don’t have forever homes, numerous unwanted pets face being euthanized. Spaying or neutering also helps to reduce or eliminate the risk of certain life-threatening illnesses later in your pet’s life.

Depending on breed, your pet may be spayed or neutered between 4 and 6 months of age. Females can be spayed before the first heat cycle, which means at about 6 months of age. Pregnancy can be very dangerous if your female pet is too young and spaying her at the appropriate time ensures against this. Rocky Point Animal Hospital’s caring veterinarians will recommend the most suitable timing for your pet’s surgery.