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Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Our Echo Park vets provide guidance, advice, and the highest quality of veterinary care during your puppy or kitten's critical first year of life.

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Care for Puppies & Kittens

Bringing a new puppy or kitten home is an exciting time! This cute, cuddly new family member can't help but 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.

Your vet will develop a custom health care plan to meet your pet's specific needs during their first year, and provide you with plenty of support and guidance along the way!

Puppies & Kittens, Echo Park Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

Ideally, puppies should come in for their first veterinary appointment around 6 weeks of age, and kittens around 8 weeks. 

During their initial visit, the vet will perform a thorough physical examination for your pet to assess their overall health, check for signs of congenital defects, and look for external parasites. 

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Deworming medications for hookworms and roundworms will also be provided, along with the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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

Followup Appointments

Between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, puppies and kittens should attend 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. During these visits, our vets can assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on schedule.

Puppy & Kitten Information Packs

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten comes with a lot of new responsibilities.

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

Our Kitten and Puppy information packs 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
  • 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
  • Basic puppy training guidelines
  • Nutrition information

Our vets will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and put any concerns or worries to rest. We want to make sure that you and your puppy or kitten have everything you need to begin a wonderful life together!

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Echo Park Pets Always Welcome

Echo Park Veterinary Hospital is a walk-in only facility! Improving the health of Echo Park pets is our passion. Arrive early for one of our first-come first-served appointments.

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