Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting event! These irresistible bundles of fur offer unconditional love and companionship. You can show your love for your new puppy or kitten by bringing him or her to a veterinarian promptly for a pet wellness exam. Your veterinarian can screen your furry friend for potential health problems and recommend a vaccination schedule. Your local vet is also an important resource of wellness information; you can learn about your pet’s ideal diet, for example.
A complete physical examination is highly recommended for all new pets. Your veterinarian will thoroughly examine every inch of your pet to ensure there are no health problems. If health problems are detected, early diagnosis can provide for effective treatment. During your pet’s exam, the veterinarian will recommend appropriate screening tests and treatments, such as deworming. After your pet’s first exam, he or she should return to the veterinary practice every year for another checkup. As your pet grows older or develops medical issues, the vet may recommend more frequent exams.
Talk to the veterinarian about an ideal vaccination schedule. Your furry friend needs certain vaccines to defend him or her from serious illnesses. Certain vaccinations are called core vaccines – these are considered highly critical for all pets. Non-core vaccines are administered based on your pet’s lifestyle and unique needs.
The overall wellness program for your puppy or kitten should include certain basic procedures and treatments. Your veterinarian is likely to talk to you about the importance of spaying or neutering your animal, if he or she has not yet undergone this surgery. You may also wish to ask the vet about preventive dental care and allergy testing.
At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our friendly and knowledgeable veterinarians offer comprehensive examinations, vaccinations, and spaying or neutering, in addition to special services such dentistry and allergy testing. Ask us about our Life-Cycle Wellness Program, which provides critical preventive healthcare for the life of your pet. Pet owners in Dallas can call Preston Road Animal Hospital at (972) 239-1309 and those in McKinney can call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital at (972) 529-5033.