Congratulations on the new addition to your Family!
The doctors and staff at Care and Comfort Veterinary Hospital would like to thank you for choosing our hospital to care for your new puppy or kitten.
We are committed to provide Exceptional Veterinary Care in a Comforting Environment for your pets and your family.
We are open convenient hours to fit your busy schedule!
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm
Saturday 8:00am to 4:00pm.
If your pet is having an emergency after hours, please call the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center at 619-462-4800. www.pescsandiego.com
WHAT DOES MY NEW PUPPY OR KITTEN NEED?
1. Comprehensive Physical Examination
Every puppy and kitten should be examined by the doctor to assess their health. Dr. Cindy Karlberg, Dr. Melody Aitchison, and Dr. Holly Allen will examine your pet, discuss medical recommendations, and answer any questions you may have.
After this initial examination, you may visit us on a walk-in basis for vaccinations, dewormings, or nail trims after 8 am Monday through Saturday.
2. Parasite Control
All puppies and kittens are born infested with parasites!
Many of these parasites can be spread from pets to humans. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 3 million people in the USA are zoonotically infected with roundworms each year. Children are infected most commonly from allowing their pets to lick their faces or contact with feces.
To protect your family, we will test a stool sample from your pet for parasites, such as Giardia, Roundworms, Coccidia, Tapeworms, etc.
Your Puppy or Kitten needs to have a series of dewormings- every 2 weeks for a total of 3 treatments to clear their current parasite infestations.
Then, on a yearly basis we need to do fecal testing on a stool sample and a deworming to keep your family and pet protected.
We are menaced with fleas all year long in San Diego! Fleas cause tapeworm infestation, skin infections and irritation. We recommend monthly flea control to keep your pets and home free from these pesky bugs.
3. Vaccination Series
Puppies and kittens need a series of vaccines to properly build their immune system against common diseases.
Vaccinations are started between 6 - 8 weeks old and given every 3 - 4 weeks until 4 months of age. The number of vaccinations needed will depend on the age of the pet when the injections are started.
Depending on your pet's lifestyle (indoors only vs. indoor/outdoor), we will determine the best vaccination protocol for your family.
After this series, your pet will require a yearly vaccine booster to maintain immunity. This will be done at his/her annual physical examination.
4. Proper Diet
Puppies and kittens require a high quality pet food for proper nutrition. Puppy and kitten diets should only be fed up to 6 months of age, and then slowly transition to a high quality adult pet food. Our personal food favorites include Science Diet, Iams, or Eukanuba.
If you feed a high quality diet, your pet will be healthier and live longer!
5. Potty Training/Crate Training
Potty training is best achieved by limiting their access to your home.
Kittens should be confined in a small room with 1 litter box per cat until he/she is using the box exclusively before letting her roam.
Crate training is an excellent way to start puppy potty training. Wild canines live in underground dens, so the crate resembles a safe dark place to sleep and relax. The puppy should be taken outside to the same location every time to "do his/her business", then taken directly to the crate - no stopping in between. Then when the puppy is let out of the crate, immediately go directly back outside to the same spot - no stopping on the way. With this regular routine, he/she will learn a pattern which will help induce the urge to "go".
Also, limit your puppy's access to your home. Close him/her off to one room until he/she is fully potty trained. Then you can allow access to an additional room at a time.
Your pet should be completely potty trained by the age of 4 months old.
6. Spay or Neuter your pet
Males are neutered and females are spayed. These surgical procedures control the unwanted pet population, reduce undesirable behaviors, and decrease the risk of certain medical problems in your pet's life.
We recommend the surgery between the ages of 4 to 6 months old. The surgeries are out-patient procedures and can be schedule Monday through Friday. Your pet is dropped off before 9 am and will be discharged with pain medication and home care instructions in the evening.
Contact our Office for pricing information and an available appointment time for this very important procedure.