Puppies, Kittens & Seniors

Puppy & Kitten Care Packages

Puppy & Kitten Care Packages (includes physical exam, fecal exam, deworming and distemper vaccine)

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is a lot of fun, but it is also a big responsibility and can be a lot of work. Not only do you have to integrate this young new companion into your home, which includes house training, but you have to navigate through a range of special, first-year health care needs. These include regular vaccinations throughout the first year as well as examinations to ensure your puppy or kitten is developing normally.

Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital has created puppy and kitten packages designed to ease your new pet’s first year. We will provide you with a range of house training strategies, explain your new friend’s vaccination needs and create a schedule based on those needs, perform regular exams, and offer general advice and guidance to help you enjoy this very special time of your animal’s life.

Your puppy or kitten’s wellness exam will include a general overview of his or her health similar to what we provide adult dogs and cats. We will also screen for damaging parasitic infections such as worms or giardia, perform an initial dental examination, assess his or her nutritional health, and explain the warning signs of common health issues. We will also discuss issues surrounding spaying or neutering your pet.

In terms of vaccines, it is important that vaccinations are spread out through the first year of life so there is time for your pet’s immune system to recover from each vaccine challenge. In general, we recommend puppies receive vaccines for rabies and DA2PP, which protects your puppy from distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza and canine parvovirus. Kittens generally receive vaccines for rabies, feline leukemia—especially if they are going to be outdoor cats–and FVRCP, which protects against viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.

Additionally, these visits provide you and your veterinarian with opportunities to discuss health and behavior issues that may come to mind and gives us a chance to become acquainted with our newest client.

Care for Your Senior Dog or Cat

Care for Your Senior Dog or CatAging in a pet is not in and of itself a malady. It’s simply a fact of life and there is no reason to think that there is little we can do to keep our aging companions happy and healthy for a long time to come.

Ocean Avenue Veterinary Hospital has created a senior care package designed to protect your pet from a wide range of health issues common to dogs and cats in their senior years. We generally consider a pet to be a senior when he or she reaches about six years in age–a little younger for some and older for others. We have found that pets at this age begin to become more susceptible to a number of diseases such as cancer, arthritis, dental disease, diabetes, and heart disease. However, with a well-targeted senior care program these diseases can be prevented or discovered at an early stage and treated.

This is why we strongly recommend regular geriatric exams tailored to your pet’s age, condition and breed. Your senior pet’s geriatric exam is designed to identify age-related health issues before they become difficult and expensive to treat and covers routine eye and ear examination, basic neurologic and cardiovascular evaluations, as well as a weight and nutritional assessment. We will also perform a geriatric health profile, which includes lab tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry panel, urinalysis, and thyroid level.

When your veterinarian believes your pet has reached his or her senior years, we will discuss with you how we can help make them the best years of your pet’s life.

Signs of Illness in Older Pets

Signs of old age in your pet may actually be symptoms of more serious problems. When it comes to your pet’s health care, you are his or her most important partner. If your older dog or cat begins to exhibit any of the following symptoms, please let us know:

  • Stiffness or limping
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
  • Difficulty breathing or changes in breathing patterns
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Excessive scratching or changes to skin or coat
  • Drastic weight change (either loss or gain)
  • Difficulty seeing or hearing
  • Changes in urination/defecation habits
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Decreased responsiveness