Puppies and kittens are fun, and the first few months of life can be wonderful for you and your new pet. Because young animals are particularly susceptible to infections and internal and external parasites, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our veterinarians at Rockwall County Veterinary Clinic as soon as your pet comes home. This allows us to not only establish a relationship with you and your pet, but also to examine your animal and perform simple tests to ensure the initial and prolonged health of the newest member of your family. Starting your pet on routine immunizations is an important part of their first visit, as puppies and kittens often require several booster immunizations before they are considered fully protected from many common infectious diseases.
The veterinarians and staff at Rockwall County Veterinary Clinic have personal experience with owning and caring for young pets. We know the rewards of raising puppies and kittens, as well as the challenges. During your first visit, our veterinarians and staff can offer advice on protecting your young pet from hazards in your home, such as toxic and dangerous materials, medications, and choking hazards. Just as with a small child, small animals can get hurt in unexpected ways if you haven’t pet-proofed your home.
Pets are living longer than ever, but the ailments that afflict them haven’t gone away. Like people, pets have challenges with weight, mobility, cancers, heart disease, liver and kidney disease, diabetes, and more. That’s why good senior pet care starts with regular examinations to spot problems before they become severe and to take steps through diet and medication to maintain optimal health. Working with you, our veterinarians and staff will develop a health plan that is best for your senior pet.
The life span of individual animals varies widely; for example, small dogs may be considered seniors at 10-13 years of age, while some large dogs are seniors as young as age 5. We can help you understand your pet as he or she ages and assist you with making determinations of what special care he or she may need to live happy, health senior years.