What to Expect from Your Puppy or Kitten’s First Exam

When you get a new puppy or kitten, the first thing you should do is take it to the veterinarian’s office for an exam. Veterinarians are experts in animal health and can give your pet a clean bill of health. We will also administer any necessary vaccinations and recommend preventive care measures to keep your pet healthy. At Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, we understand how important your pet is to you and are committed to providing the best possible care. Here's what to expect from your puppy or kitten’s first exam at our animal hospital.

What to Expect from Your Puppy or Kitten’s First Exam

1. A Thorough Physical Examination

Your pet will undergo a thorough physical examination from nose to tail. This will include checking its eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat. We will also feel the lymph nodes, skin, and coat. In addition, we will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs and feel its abdomen. This examination will help us identify any health concerns that need to be addressed. If your pet is due for any vaccinations, we will administer them at this time.

2. Vaccinations

Puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations to help them build immunity to diseases. Vaccination schedules vary depending on your pet's age but typically include vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and rabies. During a puppy or kitten exam, we will determine which vaccinations your pet needs based on their age and health condition. Future boosters will be scheduled at regular intervals.

3. Deworming

Deworming is an essential part of preventative care for puppies and kittens. Intestinal parasites are common in young animals and can cause serious health problems if left untreated. At Westside Animal Hospital, we recommend deworming puppies and kittens at least twice during their first year of life. We will also provide you with information on how to prevent your pet from becoming infected with intestinal parasites. This can include regularly cleaning up after them when they go outside and keeping them away from other animals that may be infected.

Schedule an Appointment for a Pet Exam in Cincinnati, OH

At Westside Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, we offer comprehensive veterinary care for your pets. This includes everything from routine check-ups to emergency surgery. Call our team today at (513) 574-5000 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.