Congratulations on your new puppy or kitten! The Westgate Animal Clinic is here to help you with all of your little one’s health and behavioral needs. We understand new pet visits can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of information to take in. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with all the necessary information to ensure your new puppy or kitten is healthy and well-adjusted to their new family and home. The following are some of the highlights we discuss during new pet visits:
Puppies and kittens receive antibodies from their mothers while nursing. These antibodies provide temporary protection, providing passive immunity. Active immunity occurs as the pet ages and is vaccinated or exposed to bacteria or viruses. Multiple vaccines are administered to insure your pet builds an appropriate immune response. It is recommended that puppies and kittens receive vaccines every 3-4 weeks after weaning , and receive their final set (including Rabies) around 14-16 weeks of age. Although vaccines are not guaranteed 100% of the time, they prepare the immune system in the event your pet is exposed to certain disease. Based on your pet’s lifestyle, additional vaccines may be recommended.
Heartworm Disease: Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite that resides in the heart. Heartworms are transmitted through infected mosquitoes and is completely preventable. There are a variety of oral and topical medications that will prevent heartworm disease. Heartworm preventatives can also provide protection against intestinal parasites, fleas, and other pests. Depending on your pets lifestyle certain preventatives will be recommended.
Intestinal Parasites: Intestinal parasites pose a risk to both pets and their owners. Children, the elderly, and immune-compromised individuals are especially at risk. Diagnosing intestinal parasites is determined by testing a pet’s stool.
Microchips are a safe and permanent way to identify your pet in the event they are lost. Over 90% of pets reunited with their families were micro-chipped.
Spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation of pets in shelters, rescues, and in the wild. Altering your pet can also reduce the risks of certain diseases. Spaying and neutering can also help reduce unwanted behaviors including roaming, marking, and aggression.
- Dental Health Care
Brushing your pet’s teeth is best way to keep their teeth healthy. Establishing a good dental hygiene routine while your pet is young is the best way to prevent your pets from dental disease. We offer multiple dental hygiene products at our clinic.