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14130 Juanita Drive Kirkland, WA 98034
425-814-2220
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Puppy and Dog Pet Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family. However, new pets require a little extra attention to ensure a good, healthy start at life.

This means that comprehensive physical exams from one of our veterinarian in Kirkland, WA is essential. As soon as you get a new pet, it's important to schedule an appointment right away so that we may review their prior medical records and make timely recommendations for appropriate wellness care.

Your First Visit

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten at Finn Hill Animal Hospital are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. Each treatment plan is tailored specifically to your pet's needs depending on his/her lifestyle.

Some of the issues discussed during your puppy's first visits include:

  • Diet: including food types, guidelines on feeding intervals, and quantities
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior
  • Spaying and neutering: Is this best for my dog, and if so, when?
  • Vaccine Plan: Formulation of an individualized vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance: Should I purchase, and if so, what should I look for in a company?
  • Heartworm, fleas, and ticks
  • Microchipping: Why and when?
  • Fecal exam and treatment for worms and other intestinal parasites

Some of the issues discussed during your kitten's first visits include:

  • Diet: including best types of food for cats' unique requirements
  • Litter and litter box
  • Behavior
  • Spaying and neutering recommendations
  • Declawing: Should I or shouldn't I?
  • Vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance: Should I purchase, and if so, what should I look for in a company?
  • Microchipping: Why and when?
  • Fecal exam and treatment for worms and other intestinal parasites
  • Testing for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Fleas (treatment and prevention) and heartworm disease
  • Other FAQ: Such as, "Should my cat be allowed to go outdoors?"

We take plenty of time during these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination—which includes detection of potential congenital problems—offer health care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all of your questions.

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