Exceptional Puppy & Kitten Care in Coronado and Imperial Beach
When you look into the face of your new puppy or kitten, you just want to melt inside. But it’s important to know that your bundle of joy has special health needs that only your veterinarian can provide.
The First Stop
The very first stop with your new pet is Coronado Veterinary Hospital for an initial physical. During this first visit, normally at around 8-weeks of age, we give your pet a thorough examination to make sure there are no hidden health issues. We will also set up the first-year health plan which includes all the necessary vaccinations, parasite prevention and control, dental care, and spaying or neutering.
During the first months of your puppy or kitten’s life, our veterinarian will see your pet more frequently to ensure healthy development and to begin the all-important series of vaccinations that will protect him or her from dangerous, and even deadly, diseases.
There are two types of vaccinations: core or non-core. Core vaccines protect your pet from potentially life-threatening diseases while non-core vaccinations are based on your and your pet’s activities and lifestyle.
Core and Non-Core Vaccines
The core vaccinations for puppies are canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis, distemper, and rabies. The core vaccines for kittens are feline distemper, feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus and also rabies. Non-core vaccinations for puppies are Leptospirosis, Lyme, Canine Parainfluenza, Influenza, Rattlesnake and Bordetella (kennel cough). Non-core vaccinations for kittens include feline leukemia, chlamydophila felis, and Bordetella Bronchiseptica. We will work with you to determine the best non-core vaccinations for your pet.
Parasite Treatment and Prevention
Some parasites are common in pets. At our animal hospital we check all kittens and puppies for intestinal parasites with a fecal sample. If parasites are present, we administer medicine formulated to kill them. Sometimes it may take two or three treatments to completely rid the pet of parasites.
Another pesky parasite for pets is fleas which can leave them itching incessantly, give them intestinal paasites and even cause dermatitis. The best measure against fleas is prevention with one of three product types: pill, topical or collar. These products also protect pets against ticks.
Pet Population Control
We believe that it’s essential for all pets to be spayed or neutered both for the health of the animal as well as to prevent adding to the countless numbers of pets crowding pet shelters or wandering about homeless. We encourage kitten owners to have their females spayed as young as 8 weeks and between 6 and 9 months for puppies. The ideal time for neutering is between 6 and 8 weeks.
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