Puppy and Kitten Care with our Columbus Veterinarians
Whether this is your first pet or an addition to your animal pack, caring for a puppy or kitten is a lot of work, in addition to all the fun. Georgesville Road Animal Hospital is here to help you with every stage of their life. With regular puppy and kitten care from our veterinarians in Columbus, OH, we make sure your pet receives the best start at a long, happy, and healthy life.
Wellness Exams at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital
Now that you've brought your pet home, it's time to bring them to us! Kitty and puppy wellness exams at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital are comprehensive and educational. We will examine your pet from nose to tail and treat common problems, such as fleas, worms, and ear mites. We will also take this time to answer any of your questions and set up a vaccination schedule.
Kitten and Puppy Vaccinations
Kitten and puppy vaccinations protect your pet's young, vulnerable immune system against dangerous diseases. Every kitten and puppy should have core vaccines and some may need additional vaccines based on their lifestyle. Puppies and kittens should begin vaccinations at 8 weeks.
Core Puppy Vaccines
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine hepatitis
Core Kitten Vaccines
- Pan leukopenia (feline distemper)
- Feline calici virus
- Feline herpes virus type I (rhinotracheitis)
Parasites are especially dangerous in kittens and puppies because their small, young bodies are less able to fight their invaders. Even flea bites can cause life-threatening anemia. Many over-the-counter flea, tick and mosquito prevention medications are not suitable for young puppies and kittens, so it is especially important to discuss your options at your wellness exams. As your trusted veterinarians in Columbus, OH, we can prescribe preventative flea, tick and heartworm medications to best meet your young pet's needs. We carry top brands, including Bravecto, Trifexis, Interceptor, Para-Defense, Revolution, and ProHeart.
Think of your pet's diet as lifestyle fuel. Puppies and kittens need small-bite food designed for their young age to fuel their minds and bodies for growth, learning and energetic play. We can guide you in selecting a high-quality food and setting a feeding schedule. Sometimes our little friends need special diets due to food allergies or intolerances, which can manifest in stomach upset and skin problems. Georgesville Road Animal Hospital carries dietary supplements and therapeutic diets from brands including Hill’s, Purina and Royal Canine.
Spaying and Neutering
Spaying or neutering your kitten or puppy not only helps control the overpopulated cat and dog problem, but it is also a benefit to your pet's health. In female dogs, early spaying before the first heat reduces the chance of mammary tumors, and in female kittens, early spaying before the first heat reduces the risk of cancers. Generally, kittens and puppies can be safely spayed or neutered when they are 8 weeks of age at weigh at least 2 pounds. During all surgeries at Georgesville Road Animal Hospital, pets are carefully monitored by our highly-trained staff and by the latest, state-of-art technology.
Behavior Training and Socialization
Kittens and puppies require lots of love and play at home, but that is not all they need. To help them feel secure in the world, socialize them early and often with other humans and vaccinated animals. It is never too early to begin behavior training. If you don't want puppy chewing your shoes or kitty climbing the curtains, it's important to set boundaries and teach commands. At your wellness exams, we will answer your training questions, make suggestions tailored to you and your pet's unique situation and offer recommendations for puppy training and socialization classes.
As your full-service veterinarians, Georgesville Road Animal Hospital accepts many different pet insurances to help pay for the care your kitten or puppy needs. We recommend signing up early to receive the lowest deductible and greatest benefit on lifetime coverage.
Schedule An Appointments with our Veterinarians in Columbus
Call (614) 272-0162 to schedule your next appointment with our trusted Columbus vets. We would love to welcome your new kitten or puppy to the Georgesville Road Animal Hospital family!