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Puppy and Kitten Care

Puppies and kittens require special care to ensure they get off to a healthy and happy start. We recommend that your companion’s first veterinary visit occur at 8 weeks of age or as soon as they join your family. During this visit you can expect:

  • A comprehensive physical examination
  • Diagnostic testing for viruses, parasites, and deworming, as needed
  • Their first vaccinations
  • A copy of our recommended puppy or kitten vaccine and deworming schedule
  • Prescriptions for parasite control
  • Nutrition and behavior counseling, as needed
  • Information on spaying or neutering your pet
  • A complimentary nail trim, if needed
  • Answers to any questions or concerns you may have about your pet

While your pet’s initial visit is a much-needed first step, it is important to remember that this is just the beginning of their overall recommended health regimen. As a result, it is important to plan to make several visits to our office over the following 6 months to ensure your pet gets the best care possible.

Adult Care

As your dog or cat continues to grow, we believe they benefit significantly from annual wellness exams. During these exams you can expect:

  • A comprehensive physical examination
  • Diagnostic testing for viruses, parasites, and deworming, as needed
  • Vaccination updates customized for your pet’s lifestyle
  • A dental examination
  • Nutrition and behavior counseling, as needed
  • Answers to any questions or concerns you may have about your pet

Annual wellness exams provide us with a regular opportunity to not only foster our relationship with you and your companion, but to also detect and treat potentially harmful and even fatal illnesses and diseases. We strongly recommend that you bring your pet in for these visits.

Senior Care

Due to the rapid maturity of pets, we consider all dogs and cats over the age of 7 to be senior pets and recommend they visit us for annual wellness exams. During these visits you can expect:

  • A comprehensive physical examination
  • Diagnostic testing customized for senior pets
  • Vaccination updates customized for your pet’s lifestyle
  • A dental examination
  • Digital radiographs, as needed
  • Nutrition and behavior counseling
  • Answers to any questions or concerns you may have about your pet

As your pet continues to age, the more important regular exams and early detection becomes. We recommend annual examinations for healthy pets, and bi-annual exams for pets with chronic diseases or developing issues. At SouthCare, our goal is to provide your pet with the best care possible throughout every stage of life. In order for us to do so, we need your assistance and strongly encourage you to discuss with us your pet’s lifestyle, including any changes or plans to travel, at each visit.

Have Questions About Heartworms, Fleas, Ticks, and Parasites?

Since heartworm is not endemic to the Spokane area, we generally recommend heartworm preventive only for pets that travel.

Fleas do not typically flourish on the east side of the state. However, we do occasionally see patients with them. As a result, we recommend flea preventive care for pets that:

  • Visit boarding facilities or doggy day cares
  • Travel outside of the Spokane area
  • Are moving into a new household (especially rentals), or pets coming into a household from a shelter or similar facilities

Ticks are generally active from early spring through fall, and we can recommend appropriate preventive treatment.

We also recommend deworming and parasite testing based on history and lifestyle.