Congratulations on the newest member to your Ohana!
Ohana Pet Hospital is here to help guide you and your puppy, kitten or other baby animal on a journey to a long and healthy life. Let’s get your puppy or kitten started on the right paw with a Wellness Exam!
Please start by making an appointment for a Wellness Exam with one of our veterinarians.
Your initial wellness visit will set the foundation for your baby’s long-term health and will help establish a beneficial routine for future wellness visits. The first visit will include:
- A thorough “nose-to-tail” exam that allows our doctors to establish an individualized preventative care plan, specific to your baby animal’s needs.
- A discussion of necessary vaccinations, supported by a clear schedule.
- For puppies and kittens, diagnostic testing for intestinal parasites, along with information on parasite prevention, including heartworm and deworming protocols.
- For kittens, specific testing for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). – Depending on the age of your kitten, this may not occur at the first appointment.
- A discussion of breed, age, known medical history, home environment, behavior, feeding and activity level.
- One-on-one time to go over general health questions and any concerns you may have.
Following this initial visit, follow-up appointments will be scheduled to complete necessary vaccinations, dispense deworming and heartworm medication, and start flea and tick preventatives.
Please bring your puppy, kitten or other baby animal on a leash or in a protective carrier for his or her first wellness exam. Please also bring:
- Any prior health information regarding vaccinations, deworming, neutering or spaying from the seller, shelter or previous owner
- A fresh stool sample for intestinal parasite testing (for kittens – from the litter box is fine)
- Diet and current medications or supplements currently being administered
Spaying and Neutering Your Puppy or Kitten
Given the high pet population in our community, we support and highly encourage all of our patients to be neutered or spayed. We recommend spaying or neutering your puppy or kitten at 6 months of age, though you may choose to spay or neuter as early as four months old. Visit the ASPCA for more guidelines.