Puppy & Kitten Care

Puppy and Kitten Care at Our Bakersfield Animal Hospital

If you've become the proud owner of a puppy or kitten, you're probably concerned that your new pet will have what he needs to grow big and strong and live a long, happy life. These baby animals require some extra care and consideration on their journey toward adulthood, not least because they're especially vulnerable to diseases and other dangers. That's why you'll want to take advantage of the puppy and kitten care options available at our Bakersfield animal hospital, At The Oaks Pet Hospital.

Puppy and Kitten on a couch playing

Puppy and Kitten Essentials

As you probably already know, puppies and kittens are bundles of energy. Not only do they need plenty of calories to keep up that energy level, but they also need the right mix of nutrients to support normal growth and development. You can expect to feed your puppy or kitten four meals a day at first, reducing his diet to three meals and then two meals as he grows up. These two different kinds of animals have different sets of dietary needs, so make sure you're feeding them puppy-specific or kitten-specific foods.

Puppies and kittens also need protection against external and internal parasites. It's not uncommon for baby animals to "inherit" worms from their mother, so your pet will need to be checked for worms and de-wormed as needed. Preventative medications can then keep these threats away (once your pet is old enough to receive them). Vaccinations are another critical preventative measure. Puppies and kittens haven't yet developed their own antibodies against deadly diseases such as rabies and distemper, so they need vaccines that can jump-start that process for them. 

Our Veterinarian Can Help Your Little Friend Thrive

Bring your new friend to our veterinary clinic for all the puppy or kitten care services he may need. Our veterinarian can perform a series of first-year examinations and wellness procedures, including lab tests, de-worming, pest prevention, and vaccinations. We can also give you valuable advice on how to feed your pet and maintain a healthy, comfortable environment for him.

Certain other veterinary procedures are also generally recommended for puppies and kittens. Spay and neuter surgery, for example, can convey important health benefits (including reproductive cancer prevention) from the age of 8 weeks onward. Microchipping is another smart measure that your pet can receive from an early age.

Need to Schedule a Puppy or Kitten Wellness Exam? Contact At The Oaks Pet Hospital in Bakersfield, CA!

The best way to start your puppy or kitten on a healthy path is to schedule that first wellness exam. Call At The Oaks Pet Hospital at (661) 665-8950 to schedule a visit to our Bakersfield clinic!