Welcoming a new pet into your family is an exciting time, and Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C. 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 pet’s 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 — even straight from the store or shelter. We’ll 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
- Congenital problems such as heart defects
- Heart and lungs
- Open fontanelles (open skull)
As your new pet returns to us every 3 or 4 weeks, we will discuss and schedule:
- Spay or neuter
- Diet, nutrition, and feeding the proper foods
- Obedience training
- Behavioral problems and concerns
Your pet’s 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 “Happy Visits”
Frequent, positive contact with our staff members from an early age makes your pet’s 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. Paumanok’s 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 Hospital, P.C.’s veterinarians will continue to work with you as a member of your pet’s care team while he or she grows into a healthy adult and then a faithful senior pet, living a long, happy life.