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Whether you were walking down the street and found yourself helping a stray puppy or kitten or are now considering buying a puppy or kitten or fostering one, there's lots of questions you might have about their unique medical needs. It's important to get as much information as you can about puppy and kitten care before devoting time, energy, and funds to raising one.


At Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians are here to help our McMurray, PA, community get the help they need to care for their puppies, kittens, and pets of all ages! If you're wondering what some steps are to take care of your young pet and ensure they stay healthy, read on below for more information.

Does My Puppy or Kitten Need to See the Vet?

It's always a good idea to bring in your puppy or kitten to the animal hospital immediately, especially if you find them as a stray. Puppies and kittens need to have certain medical care done at a young age, including:

  • Fecal screening for worms and parasites
  • De-worming treatment
  • Vaccination treatment
  • Dental care
  • Ear cleaning
  • Booster shots
  • Spay and neutering

These are all incredibly important medical services that trained veterinarians will be able to provide to ensure your pet begins its life happy and healthy!

Can I Take Care of My Puppy or Kitten at Home?

Yes. Just like new parents, you can't stay at the hospital forever! But don't worry, our veterinarians will provide you with some helpful advice so you can take care of your pet at home without any fear. 

What Do I Need to Know about Taking My Pet Home?

If you're unsure of what specific diet your pet needs, how often to bathe them, what to do if you notice they're excessively crying, or any other questions, ask your vet for more specific advice. However, in general there are several rules of thumb to take care of your puppy or kitten, such as:

  • Never give your puppy or kitten solid food early on. Feeding them their mother's milk is best.
  • Always use newborn milk replacers for your puppies or kittens.
  • Keep your puppies and kittens in a warm environment.

Get The Help of Our Veterinarians for Pets of All Ages

At Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic, we'll be happy to help you care for your puppies and kittens and pets of all other ages at our animal hospital! Call us today to book an appointment at our McMurray, PA, clinic at (724) 941-5484.