Between 8-16 weeks of age, we recommend that your puppy or kitten have 3-4 physical exams. These exams provide a base line of health and allows your veterinarian to assess overall wellness and administer necessary vaccinations.
Puppies and kittens have immature immune systems, making them more susceptible to illness and disease. Vaccinations are administered in a properly staged series. Each puppy and kitten is different, therefore our recommendations are tailored to lifestyle and breed.
At 6 months of age, puppies should be tested for Heartworm. During a kitten’s first visit, we recommend Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS testing if not previously done.
Spay-neuter is a minor procedure that will benefit you as well as your pet. Over time, the procedure has become much safer as veterinarians are no longer generalizing and instead are treating each animal as an individual who deserves a unique, clinical decision in terms of breed, age, size, and lifestyle.
This procedure allows your pet to live a longer and healthier life. Meanwhile, you will experience less troubles associated with natural sexual instinct, pregnancy, and heat periods. At Lakewood Animal Hospital, we are highly experienced to perform spay- neuter procedure and ensure your pet is safe and comfortable from beginning to end.
Microchipping provides a lifetime of identification if you and your pet are ever separated. With your contact information embedded in the microchip, you and your pet can be reunited! While collars and ID tags are helpful and encouraged, they are not foolproof. These forms of identification commonly fall off, get lost, or removed. For the protection of your pet, we recommend using both forms of identification.
The process is inexpensive and fast! The microchip is implanted between the shoulder blades, much like a routine vaccination. This procedure is so simple it is often performed at the same time as vaccinations or another procedure.