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Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Our Hattiesburg and Petal 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.

During your pet's first year, your veterinarian will create a personalized health care plan to meet their specific needs, as well as provide you with plenty of support and guidance!

Puppies & Kittens, Hattiesburg and Petal Veterinarians

Your Pet’s First Appointment

Puppies should ideally have their first veterinary appointment around six weeks of age, and kittens around eight weeks.

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

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We will also administer deworming medications for roundworms and hookworms, and the first round of puppy or kitten vaccinations.

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Finally, for kittens, we will perform 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 have 3 to 4 veterinary appointments. These visits enable our veterinarians to assess your pet's overall health and administer vaccines on time.

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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New Patients Welcome

The Pet Hospitals is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Hattiesburg and Petal companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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