Ridgemont Animal Hospital

4200 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626



Puppy and Kitten First Examinations

written by: Lauren Wolck and Randi Templer

When you purchase or adopt a puppy or kitten from a breeder, pet store, or humane society you should always bring it in to have a physical examination by your local veterinarian. At this time the veterinarian can advise you on what vaccinations and health care is needed to keep your pet healthy and up to date. There is a series of vaccinations that your pet will receive over the first few months, these vaccinations should be started between 6-8 weeks of age. Some of the time they will receive their first vaccination before you acquire them as your pet, this doesn't mean you should wait to have a complete physical examination by your veterinarian until the next set of vaccinations are due.

We also recommend bringing a fecal sample so that we can test the stool for intestinal parasites and worms. This is especially important because many of these can be transmitted to humans! The regular fecal test will check for hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and the parasite coccidia. We also offer a combo test which checks for giardia, an intestinal parasite not commonly seen on a regular fecal test. We highly recommend the combo test due to many giardia positive results. It is important to know the specific intestinal parasites and/or worms your pet have to determine the correct prescription. There is no medication that will treat every internal parasite or worm.

When bringing in a kitten for their first examination we will recommend having a Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency (Aids) Virus combo test done. This test will be requried when having your kitten spayed or neutered. This test also helps to insure that your kitten is in good health.

As an appreciation for selecting us to care for your new kitten or puppy we do give you a complementary puppy or kitten beginner kit which includes helpful information about your kitten or puppy. It also comes with a free bag of food.

We look forward to caring for your new pet!