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Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Our Santa Cruz veterinary team is able to provide advice, guidance and the highest possible quality of veterinary care throughout your kitten or puppy's all-important first year of life.

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

Bringing home a new kitten or puppy is an exciting time for everyone! Your cuddly and cute new family member will be able to make everyone who interacts with them smile.

Fun as it may be, there is also some serious health care business to take care of during your new pet's first year of life.

Our vets will be able to develop a customized health care plan designed to meet your pet's unique needs throughout their first year of life. We will be able to provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way too!

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Your Pet’s First Appointment

Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment with us at about six weeks old. Kittens should have theirs at about eight weeks old.

At this first visit with us, your pet will get a comprehensive physical exam in order to assess their overall health as well as to search for congenital defects and check for external parasites. 

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We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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Finally, for kittens, we will perform a blood test to check for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Followup Appointments

Kittens and puppies should attend anywhere between three and four appointments with use while they are between six and sixteen weeks old.

These visits allow our vets to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines on schedule.

Puppy & Kitten Packages

Bringing a new kitten or puppy comes with a lot of responsibilities on top of the joyful aspects of their care. 

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

Our Kitten Packages and Puppy Packages contain everything you'll need to know about your pet’s early development, including:

  • A vaccination and medical care schedule
  • Information on spaying and neutering your pet
  • Nutrition information
  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • 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

Our vets are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your puppy or kitten's care. We want to make sure that the two of you have every resource you need to start your wonderful lives together. 

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Now Welcoming New Patients

Companion Animal Hospital is currently accepting new patients! Our friendly vets are experienced in caring for the needs of Santa Cruz's companion animals including cats, dogs, and exotic pets. Contact us today to schedule your pet's first appointment.

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(831) 425-1970