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Puppy & Kitten Care Is Available From ZimmVet

A new puppy or kitten is an exciting addition to the family. New pets are generally so lively and full of energy that it’s hard to believe anything could ever slow them down. However, young pets are just starting to build their immunities so this is the age when they need the most protection to avoid a wide range of serious or even deadly conditions.

After you have taken a couple of days to get acquainted, we recommend you contact us to schedule your new family member’s first veterinary exam. Parasites are especially harmful to younger pets and can be present at birth. Some of these parasites, particularly roundworms and hookworms, can also be transmitted to people, so it is essential that your pet be tested as soon as possible. We ask that pet owners bring in a fresh stool sample (less than 8 hours old) to test for internal parasites.

What to Expect

Generally, baby pets will immediately be started on a parasite prevention program, such as Heartgard or Frontline for dogs and Advantage Multi for cats. These prevent many common parasites, such as fleas, ticks, heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms, and the diseases they carry. Puppy and kitten vaccination protocols will also be started right away.

Puppies and kittens need a series of booster vaccines to stimulate their immune system and build protection against disease. Most pets require several rounds of vaccines three to four weeks apart. At each puppy and kitten series visit, we do a thorough exam to monitor your pet’s growth and identify any problems. Spaying and neutering are best done around six months of age. To ensure your pet’s safety, we perform blood work prior to the surgery to make sure his or her liver and kidneys are functioning properly.

Vaccinations

The following are core vaccinations that all pets should receive:

  • Canine or feline distemper combination
  • Rabies

These vaccinations may be recommended based on your dog or cat’s risk factors:

  • Feline leukemia (cats)
  • Leptospirosis (dogs)
  • Lyme (dogs)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) (dogs)

For more information on vaccinating your puppy, see the Web MD article Core Dog Vaccinations.

For more information on vaccinating your kitten, read the Web MD article Core Vaccinations for Cats.

Pet Care Counseling

Most new pet owners have many questions about their role as novice pet parents. Our veterinarians are happy to answer any questions you may have, whether about housebreaking, obedience training, selecting pet toys, or advice about introducing a new family member (furry or otherwise). We welcome the chance to be of assistance. This is also an excellent time to discuss how to manage your puppy or kitten’s diet, including the proper use of treats, to maintain a body weight for optimum health.

First Puppy or Kitten Examination Free

We want to welcome the new addition to your family by offering a free first puppy or kitten wellness examination. Please print off the coupon and bring it with to your appointment to redeem. Please make sure to bring any past medical history with your new pet (vaccinations, deworming etc.). This offer does not cover the exam fee if the pet is sick.

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Client Testimonials

Wonderful Care! We have been bringing both dogs to ZimmVet for years. We always get great care and everyone is friendly. Our Lab gets so excited when she gets there. Our other dog suffers from great anxiety and they treat her so well. They know the personality of both so well and know how to treat them.

— Lee D.

I would not know of any other veterinarian that has a more caring staff that are patient with us and take the time to listen about our three Pomeranians. Zimmvet knows how important our girls are to us and I would not take a chance on bringing them anywhere else.

— Ken G.

Our vet honored our desire to keep expenses down by providing us with estimates of the treatment we could choose from while trying to find out what was wrong with our very sick puggle. No cost was hidden. On top of all this, our dog was given excellent care. We love Zimmvet.

— Carisa M.

I have and will continue to recommend ZimmVet to others. The staff is personable and professional on all levels, both to the human clients and the animal patients. It is reassuring to me to know that I can count on them for any assistance I may need in caring for my pets now and in the future.

— Lou S.

We love Zimmvet! And most importantly, Handsome loves everyone at Zimmvet! We use their vet services and pet hotel and couldn't be happier with both. Highly recommend!

— Leigh C.

Our experiences over the years are always positive, even if the outcome isn't. The doctors and staff are warm and friendly. They are also very professional and thorough. We feel strongly that we get great value for our dollar, as well as wonderful pet care.

— Laurie C.

ZimmVet Pet Hotel has provided extended stay care for our German Shepherd and Black Labrador twice in the last two years. They did a great job of caring for them both during a two-week trip - not only catering to their needs but their concerned owners with email updates and photos. We can't say enough good things about ZimmVet Pet Hotel!!

— Curt V.

ZimmVet has well trained and competent professionals, but even more important to me is that they are sincerely 'good' people. They care about you and your pets - you're just not another record. In addition to the great staff, they offer a very broad range of services - even day care and training classes!

— Suzanne F.