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Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Your puppy or kitten's first year of life is critical to their long-term health. Our vets in Riverside offer guidance, advice and the highest quality of veterinary care during your puppy or kitten's critical first year of life. 

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Puppies & Kittens

It's time to bring your new puppy or kitten home — what an exciting day. Your cute, cuddly new family member can't help but make everyone who interacts with them smile. 

Fun as these moments may be, you've also got some serious healthcare business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life. 

Your vet will create a custom healthcare plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of guidance and support along the way. 

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Your Pet’s First Appointment

Ideally, puppies should have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks. 

During this initial visit, we will give your pet a thorough physical examination to check their overall health, assess them for any signs of congenital defects, and look for external parasites. 

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Deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms will also be administered, along with the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations. 

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Finally, for kittens, we will conduct a blood test for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. 

Followup Appointments

Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits allow our vets to check your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule. 

Puppy & Kitten Packages

When you bring home your new puppy or kitten, you're also taking on many new responsibilities. 

To help you navigate your puppy or kitten's first year, our team will provide plenty of support, guidance and valuable information. 

In our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages, you'll find everything you need to know about your pet's early development, including:

  • A vaccination and medical care schedule
  • Information on spaying and neutering your pet
  • Information on common medical problems such as heartworm disease, feline leukemia, and zoonosis
  • Tips for how to socialize your puppy or kitten with animals and people, including pets already living in your home
  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • Nutrition information

Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!

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New Patients Welcome

Riverside Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Riverside companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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(951) 683-4200