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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

Last Saturday was our first time there and our experience was a 5! Everyone was very informative and welcoming! Thank you!

— Carole Lefebvre

Bringing both of our dogs to be cared for, we are extremely pleased with the care they are receiving. Sadie, Willow and I thank you all.

— Sue Lenz

I really appreciated the way the doctors at the clinic cared for Diamond. Over fifteen years of love with my wonderful dog and the quality of regular care she received at the clinic made it possible. I was especially touched by the sympathy card I receive after sadly having to put her to sleep, it shows they really care.

— Darryl Anton

After recently moving to Minnesota we researched many veterinarian options and we chose the Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic. The staff was honest, thorough and genuinely caring. Their follow-up on our pets care was outstanding. Itís worth the trip for your petís care.

— The Connorsí Family - Rich & Amy Maximus, Petie, Buster, Bandit, Shadow, Kodibear & Sammy

We have taken our pets to the Zimmerman Vet Clinic for 20 years. Even when our visit was a sad one, we were treated with kindness and courtesy. The staff has always been professional and friendly. We highly recommend Zimmerman Vet Clinic to anyone who loves their pet.

— Bratsch

The staff at Zimmerman Veterinary Clinic has taken care of my dogs since 1979. I am especially pleased with the care of my last companion/friend, Ruby Mae. She received the best care I could have expected. The staff gave her loving care and attention during her whole lifetime. I canít thank them enough for being there for support. I will continue to use them with my new friend, Baily Sue.

— Sincerely, Dale Cannon

We love Zimmerman Vet! They give the best care & have a wonderful staff!

— Laurie Gansen Cramer

Thank you all for being such amazing people & taking such great care of my little man Bentlee! You will never know how much I appreciate all your information, fast actions & the care you put forth to all animals that come to your office! Thanks Again!

— Dani George

Iíve had dogs all my life and this is by far the best place to take your pet for their veterinary needs!!! Great service from the entire staff, they really care about the wellness of your pet, and my Gauge gets a little extra TLC (he is a senior now).

— Bonni Placek Cook