Start a Healthy Lifelong Relationship with Your New Puppy or Kitten

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You have a new member of the family, and we are so excited to meet him or her! Ideally, we would like to see your new pet at 6 to 8 weeks of age. When you bring your pet in for his or her first exam, you can expect the following:

Spaying (OHE—ovario hysterectomy) and Neutering

One important thing to consider for your new pet is whether you will spay or neuter. There are many advantages to spaying and neutering. Aside from reduction of the unwanted pet population, health benefits for your pet include:

  • Spaying your dog or cat before her first heat cycle virtually eliminates the chances of breast cancer and uterine infections.
  • Neutering your dog or cat helps to lessen the chance of prostate problems, as well as testicular cancer.
  • Neutering reduces aggressive behavior between males.
  • Neutered pets are more willing to be sociable, exhibit less aggressive behavior, have less anxiety, do not mark their home territory, and there is no behavior change when a female is in season. Unaltered males can sense that "a mile away."
  • Spaying or neutering increases your pet’s likelihood for a longer, healthier life. Canine companions can have an increased lifespan of 1 to 3 years, and cats may live 3 to 5 years longer.

Six months is the recommended age for the spay or neuter procedure. In addition, many puppies retain baby teeth that should to be removed. By 6 months of age, adult teeth are typically in place, and we can determine if there are baby teeth present that need extraction. Both procedures can be accomplished at the same time to save your pet a separate surgery and reduce recovery time.

Pet Wellness Visits for Your New Puppy or Kitten

Pediatric wellness visits are critical for maintaining good health because they give us the opportunity to catch problems your pet may be experiencing before they become more severe. We also are able to establish a baseline for your pet’s diagnostics to know what’s normal and have something to compare to if your pet becomes ill in the future. When we are able to diagnose early, we have a higher rate of treatment success.

At Community Pet Hospital, we believe strongly in giving your puppy or kitten a healthy start. Our wellness program is designed to include the many early visits, vaccinations, and treatments your pet will need.

Both puppy and kitten wellness programs should start when your pet is 6 to 8 weeks old. A typical program includes:

  • First visit:
    • Physical exam
    • DH(L)PP #1
    • Toenail trim
    • Deworming #1
    • Flea control
  • Second visit:
    • DH(L)PP #2
    • Deworming #2
  • Third visit:
    • Bordetalla #1
    • Dh(L)PP booster
    • Deworming #3
  • Fourth visit:
    • Rabies 1 year
    • Bordetella booster
    • Fecal exam

Our kitten wellness Program:

  • First visit:
    • Physical exam
    • FELV/FIV test
    • FVRCP #1
    • Deworming #1
    • Flea control
  • Second visit:
    • FVRCP #2
    • FELV#1
    • Deworming #2
  • Third visit:
    • FVRCP #3
    • FELV #2
    • Deworming #3
    • Rabies 1 year
    • Fecal exam

Help Your Pet Find His or Her Way Home

To further meet the needs of our patients, we offer our microchip implant service at the same 23% savings when purchased with the puppy or kitten wellness package. Statistics show that one out of every three pets is lost or stolen during their lifetime, a fact that adds up to 10 million pets each year. Microchipping your pet is safe, easy, and an important tool to help reunite you and your pet if he or she should become lost. When you combine your puppy or kitten’s microchip implantation with the wellness package, you save $63.68 and ensure you have done everything you can to help your pet find his or her way back home.

Very friendly and professional personnel. We love this place, and our dogs do too! —~ Amanda Vallejo

Thank you for a commitment to Jovs health. You (as a group) are a bright star in what could be a dark night.’ —Charles Avery

We come here with all our animals because of the quality of care we receive, and the great prices. Great staff. —Jennifer Ellwood

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Our first visit has been awesome. The vet was very helpful and took time to talk and explain everything. Thank you. —Elizabeth

Always friendly, kind, and informative. Thank you! —Vicky Kelly

Dr. Christensen is always very thorough and kind to my pets. We appreciate her very much. She is a wonderful asset to the clinic. —Becky Goldman

I have come to love the staff and the new owners. These people truly care and love animals. I ’m thankful to find these people I’ve had such bad experiences from the other clinics around the area with such high prices. —April Veneigh

Our family pet, Griffey, receives unsurpassed, compassionate care at Community Pet Hospital! Thank you, Community Pet Hospital, for always being there for us humans and those very important animal members of our family. I love you guys!! —Karen Smith

Thank you to both Dr. Johnson and his wife Bonnie. Your compassion helped so much in our time of need. I will recommend you to everyone as you are so good and really care. —Cheryl Stone

The doctor and technician were so kind and gentle with my scardy cat. Thanks. —Margaret Krauss

I would heartily recommend your Community Pet Clinic to anyone who is looking for an excellent veterinarian. —Michael Jordan

By far the best Vet experience I’ve ever had. Everybody was just wonderful. —Courtney Bertrand

Excellent! They were very loving and went out of their way to treat my dog! —Deanna Nebert

5 STARS!! Great service and excellent receptionist! Sarah and Christine is who I worked with today. —Leroy Banks