Congratulations on your new arrival! Puppies & kittens are so much fun; we are certain you will enjoy the months ahead! Your little one may need three or four more vaccines at this point. It all depends on whether your puppy/kitten received a vaccine at 6 weeks of age, or 8 weeks of age. If he/she was vaccinated at 6 weeks, you will actually need to follow up with an 8 week vaccination in order to achieve proper immunization. This will result in a total of 4 vaccinations. However, if the breeder’s veterinarian gave the vaccination at 8 weeks, then your puppy will be due 4 weeks later at 12 weeks. This will result in a total of 3 vaccinations. Typical vaccines we include in our puppy packages include Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza (DHPP), Bordatella, Leptospirosis, and Rabies. Typical vaccines we include in our kitten packages include Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP), Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), and Rabies. The packages are outlined as follows:
8 week vaccination: Includes a full physical examination, required vaccinations (DHPP for dogs, FVRCP for cats), nail trim, fecal analysis, puppy information kit including coupons to use in the clinic, and nutritional consultation.
12 week vaccination: Includes a full physical examination, required vaccines (Leptospirosis/DHPP for dogs, FVRCP/FeLV for cats), nail trim, and nutritional consultation.
16 week vaccination: Includes a full physical examination, required vaccines (Leptospirosis/DHPP/Rabies/Bordatella for dogs, FVRCP/Rabies/ FeLV for cats), nail trim, and nutritional consultation.
19 week vaccination: Pre-surgical physical examination, required vaccines (Bordatella for dogs, FVRCP for cats), nail trim, fecal analysis
Here at Watzin Veterinary Clinic, we have a 19 week vaccine booster that acts as a final vaccination. We add this booster because we see a lot of Bordatella in dogs and upper respiratory disease in cats. This booster helps to ensure that our patients are properly vaccinated and protected. This 19 week booster also allows the Doctors to assess your puppy/kitten closer to 6 months of age, allowing us to review points about the upcoming spay or neuter.
With regards to the surgery, our clinic operates slightly different than most other clinics. We have the benefit of laser surgery, which is used for all of our elective surgeries. This means that no scalpel blade will touch your puppy/kitten as all incisions are made with the laser. The laser seals the nerve endings and blood vessels as it cuts, resulting in less pain and less bleeding. The laser also contributes to a faster recovery time and decreases the chance of post-operative infection.
We also include pre-anesthetic blood testing before the anesthetic drug is administered. This checks for abnormal liver and kidney values that could potentially complicate the anesthetic. The blood-work also shows us the white blood cell count, red blood cells, platelets, protein levels, electrolytes, and blood sugar levels that are all important values for the Doctor to be aware of, ensuring the safest surgery possible.
Our surgeries also include IV fluids that run during and after the procedure. IV fluids allow us to have immediate access to administer anesthetic, assist in keeping our patients well hydrated, replacing any fluids lost and in maintaining blood pressure. This inclusion also allows us access to administer post-operative pain medications (or any other medications our Doctors may see fit).
The surgery package also includes all in-hospital medication and hospitalization. We also include a free overnight stay if you request it, or if the Doctor recommends further monitoring of your pet. Spays & Neuters are generally same-day procedures and they can be picked up to return home by late afternoon or early evening.