Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is a moment of joy and the start of a lifetime of friendship and fun. To help your new pet enjoy a full and healthy life, you'll want to do all you can to protect them and address any health concerns quickly. Junction Pet Clinic in Toronto offers puppy & kitten wellness exams to keep your new pet healthy and provide the care they need.
Our caring and experienced veterinary team will use our skills to evaluate your pet's well-being and determine whether they need preventive care or treatment. We'll explain our findings and work with you to decide on the best approach for your puppy or kitten. You can count on us to provide comprehensive service with a friendly and compassionate approach. Let us help you build a healthy and fulfilling life for your new pet. Schedule your visit for a puppy or kitten wellness exam today!
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It's important that you bring young pets in for a checkup with the vet from a very early age. These visits allow the vet to examine your pet and make sure they are healthy and developing normally. If there are any health concerns, the sooner they are discovered, the more options may be available for treatment. The vet will also be able to advise you on providing proper care for your pet at home.
Puppies and kittens should visit a vet for the first time around three weeks old for their initial checkup, then return when they're around six to eight weeks for their first vaccines. If you recently brought your new puppy or kitten into your home, you should schedule a vet visit within the first week of becoming their owner. Our vet will perform a gentle exam on your young pet and answer any questions you have during these visits. You can also contact our office if you believe your pet may need to see the vet sooner for any reason.
During your pet's first wellness exam, our vet will look for a variety of signs to see how your pet is growing. We look over your entire pet, from nose to tail, to make sure that nothing is overlooked that could get in the way of your pet's healthy development. We'll evaluate a variety of factors, including:
Our vet will use several methods to evaluate your pet's health, such as combing fur for signs of fleas, swabbing the ears for mites, or palpating the stomach to check for any internal abnormalities. We may run a blood test to check for certain diseases or ask for a stool sample to rule out any intestinal parasites.
Depending on your pet's age, we may also evaluate their nutrition and hydration. Young pets should ideally stay with their mothers until eight to ten weeks for optimal health and weaning. If your young pet was weaned early, we'll check to see if they require supplements to provide the hydration and nutrients they need for healthy development.
You want to help your pet lead a long and healthy life, and our team wants to give you the tools and information you need to do that. Our vet and team will talk with you throughout the visit about our findings and whether we have any concerns. We're happy to answer your questions and explain what we've found so that you can make informed decisions about your pet's care needs. We'll also talk with you about what you can expect as your pet grows and how to provide a healthy environment full of nurturing and fulfillment.
Some of the common questions pet owners ask us during wellness exams are:
We can provide answers to all these questions and more. Our goal is to help you feel well-prepared to meet the challenges of new pet ownership so that you can keep your pet safe and spend more time enjoying the fun and discovery they bring.
Just like human babies, puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable in their early life because of their developing immune systems. That's why it's critical for them to be vaccinated and dewormed to avoid common illnesses and infections. Puppies receive a range of vaccines, including parvovirus, distemper, and Bordetella. Kittens will need vaccines against infections such as feline calicivirus and feline leukemia virus. Rabies vaccines are given for both cats and dogs.
In many cases, a pet can be vaccinated against multiple viruses in a single vaccine, so most vaccine visits will only require between 1-3 shots. Our vet will provide you with a vaccine schedule to let you know what vaccines they receive and when they will need to return for boosters.
Your pet will also need frequent deworming to prevent infection of internal parasites. Puppies and kittens need deworming every two weeks until they're eight weeks old, then once a month until they reach six months.
A simple exam could mean a world of difference for your new puppy or kitten. With quality preventive care, we can help your pet avoid common health risks and aid you in providing a better life for your new pet. Our friendly and compassionate vet team will work with you to make sure you feel confident and well-prepared for pet ownership and that your puppy or kitten can get the care they need. Schedule a visit for a Toronto pet exam today!
CALL US: (416) 416-762-0202 REQUEST APPOINTMENT
2916 Dundas Street W, Toronto, Ontario