If you’ve recently brought a new puppy or kitten into your household, you may have a lot to learn about their care. At Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital, we’re more than happy to provide the help you need. Our full-service animal clinic specializes in the care of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and can provide valuable counsel on caring for your new pet.
A Healthy Start on Life
By scheduling a wellness exam as soon as possible after bringing your cat or dog home, you can give him a healthy start on life. During this visit, our West Hollywood veterinarian can answer any questions you have concerning your pet’s health, diet, exercise, preventative care, and behavior. We’ll also give your pet his first physical exam to verify his health. Baby pets should be examined monthly from the time they’re 8 to 16 weeks of age so your vet can monitor their growth and development.
Baby animals receive immunity from their mother’s milk while they’re nursing to protect them from infectious diseases. After they’re weaned, puppies and kittens need a series of vaccines to safeguard their health. Our vet can start these vaccines when your pup or kit is around 8 weeks of age. The vaccines will be given every 3-4 weeks until your pet reaches 16-18 weeks of age.
Puppies and kittens are susceptible to intestinal parasites that can derail their health at a young age. Through diagnostic testing, our vet can determine if your pet has parasites. If so, we’ll recommend medications for treatment. We’ll also test your kitten for FIV and feline leukemia during his wellness exam as these infections could have been transmitted from his mother.
Spay and Neuter Procedures
If you have no plans to breed your pet, we recommend spaying or neutering your pet to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Spayed and neutered animals have fewer health and behavioral problems than their non-fixed counterparts. Fixing your pet also reduces overpopulation of dogs and cats in animal shelters. In general, pets are spayed or neutered around 6 months of age. Our veterinarian can recommend the best time to spay or neuter your pet.
Microchipping is an effective means of identifying your pet in the event he gets lost. The procedure is safe, quick and painless and can be done at our animal clinic at the same time your cat or dog receives vaccinations or a wellness exam.
Trust Our West Hollywood Veterinarian to Care for Your Puppy and Kitten
Quality veterinary care from Hollywood Cat and Dog Hospital can help your puppy or kitten live a long and healthy life. Contact us at (323) 469-3000 today for all your pet care needs.