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Puppy & Kitten Care from Paumanok Veterinary Hospital

Welcoming a new pet into your family is an exciting time, and Paumanok Veterinary Hospital wants to help you keep him or her healthy right from the start. Establishing a schedule of regular examinations soon after your new pet joins your family helps to get your kitten or puppy into a routine for veterinary care.

We always prefer preventing illness to having to treat a sick pet. Your petís anticipated lifestyle and habits are always taken into account when we recommend the appropriate vaccinations. Immunizing your pet following AAHA guidelines is important for protection against disease and to help ensure that your pet grows to be a happy, healthy adult.

Begin Kitten & Puppy Exams Early

We are happy to see your new kitten or puppy within 2 or 3 days of when he or she arrives in your home. We offer no-charge extended office visits. Bring your new pet to us right away ó even straight from the store or shelter. Weíll examine him or her and have you come back in 2 or 3 days for a second look. This second look is free! There is no additional charge for this extended visit. We will look over your new pet, checking for any problems concerning:

  • Teeth and oral cavity
  • Mobility and coordination
  • Kneecaps
  • Congenital problems such as heart defects
  • Heart and lungs
  • Eyes
  • Hernias
  • Open fontanelles (open skull)

As your new pet returns to us every 3 or 4 weeks, we will discuss and schedule:

Your petís early visits are useful to begin desensitization of the feet and mouth to help make future examinations and nail trims more relaxed for everyone

Your Pet Will Enjoy Our Unique ďHappy VisitsĒ

Frequent, positive contact with our staff members from an early age makes your petís future interactions with your friends, family, and other people much more fun. During a Happy Visit, our staff will play with your pet. There will be no needles, no nail clipping, and no charge. Paumanokís staff enjoys playing with your pet. This upbeat experience will help your new family member learn not to dread visits to the vet.

Puppy & Kitten Nutrition Is Vital

Nutrition is important. By far, the most common form of malnourishment is obesity. Because obesity is such an easily avoidable pet health problem, we are glad to discuss this and other nutrition issues with you. It is very important that your new kitten or puppy establishes good eating and exercise habits early. Feeding your pet the right amount and kind of pet food from the first day he or she joins your family will help to prevent health problems that are caused by either nutritional deficits or being overweight.

Paumanok Veterinary Hospitalís veterinarians will continue to work with you as a member of your petís care team while he or she grows into a healthy adult and then a faithful senior pet, living a long, happy life.

“Thirteen years ago, my 140-pound Rott was having trouble walking. My normal vet just explained to me that she most likely sprained her knee. We took her to another vet, who also said the exact same thing. Still not convinced, Paumanok was recommend by a family member. We live in Brooklyn, New York, so to go out to Paumanok was almost a 2-hour trip each way. When I called to make an appointment on a Saturday, they told me that the office was closed on Sundays but since I was coming from such a distance, they agreed to meet me early on a Sunday morning. We figured that since it was just another opinion, it was worth the trip because it was to be a one-time deal. When I walked into the office, Dr. Dave dropped down onto the floor and started playing with my dog. After a complete physical exam and X-rays, Dr. Dave said to us that she had blown out her ACL. We scheduled surgery with him for the next day. Ever since that moment, I would NOT ever bring my dog to any other vet. Since that surgery, Shannon (our dog) went on to have three other surgeries over the years ó ALL done by the Paumanok family. Dr. Dave has ALWAYS treated Shannon and family with the utmost care and respect. Iíve boarded Shannon there MANY times and have NEVER thought twice about it. Even though I live almost 70 miles away, I would never even consider using another vet. Over the years, Iíve grown to know the staff at the hospital, who have become like a family to us. Iíve spoken with just about every staff member. When I would walk into the office, many of the staff would come right over to Shannon and start playing with her as if she was one of their family members, not like just a patient. The staff at Paumanok understands that an animal is not just a pet but also a family member. They understand that to many people, this is a child and they treat them that way. Their main concern is to see to it that every animal that they come across has the best quality of care that they can provide ó no matter what! Iíve grown to know Drs. Dave and Dee over the years and I can honestly say that they are two of the most compassionate people for animals that Iíve ever met. We have many other veterinarians at our disposal (living in Brooklyn, New York) but we chose, and will always choose, to make the almost 2-hour trip to go to see the Paumanok family for our familyís pet care.”

The materials offered on this website are intended for educational purposes only. Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C. does not provide veterinary medical services or guidance via the internet. Please consult your veterinarian in matters regarding the care of your animals.