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Puppies and Kittens

 

Getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time! It can also be tiring and overwhelming, trying to make sure you are doing everything right. We are here to help you.

If you are thinking about getting a new puppy or kitten, first check out the useful websites on our links page and our fact sheets on choosing a dog or choosing a cat.

Puppy/kitten starter packs

When you bring your puppy or kitten to us for their first vaccinations, we want to ensure they have the best start in life. We also want them to associate coming to the vets with fun, so we give them a Kong toy to take home, and offer plenty of treats during their visit!

Included in our puppy/kitten vaccination price is the following:

• 30-minute appointment with a vet for the 1st vaccination

• 15-minute appointment with a vet for 2nd vaccination

• Complimentary worm, flea and tick treatment for kittens, in the form of a spot-on

• Complimentary flea, roundworm and tick treatment for puppies, in the form of a flavoured chew

• 4 weeks free pet insurance with Petplan

• 15-minute consultation with a vet when your puppy or kitten is about 5 months old for a check-up and to discuss preventative health care

We also offer FREE monthly nurse checks once your puppy or kitten has completed their vaccination course.  These can be used to weigh your puppy and kitten, to check they are growing well and to allow accurate dosages of wormer to be dispensed.  They are also a great chance for your puppy or kitten to get used to the surgery and have a cuddle and a treat, rather than an injection!

Not all vaccines are the same, and we keep a close eye on the latest developments to offer the best protection to your new family member.  In dogs this means protecting against all strains of Leptospirosis that can currently be vaccinated against (‘L4’ vaccination).  In cats, we make use of the latest vaccine technology so our vaccines do not contain ‘adjuvant’; this should mean less pain and inflammation at the site of injection.  For more information about vaccines see our fact sheets; the vet will also be happy to discuss any queries with you.

Please phone us at the surgery on 01803 606059 (Torquay) or 843836 (Paignton) to book, or to find out more.  You can also register and book your first appointment online.

Prices (March 2022)

  • Kitten vaccination course with feline leukaemia virus vaccine £75
  • Kitten vaccination course without feline leukaemia virus vaccine £55
  • Puppy vaccination course without kennel cough vaccine £70
  • Puppy vaccination course with kennel cough vaccine £90

If your puppy or kitten has had their first vaccination with the breeder, please let us know when booking and we will make sure you get 30 minutes with the vet when you come in for the 2nd vaccination.

You will get a welcome pack with information at your first visit, but in the meantime you can check out our puppy and kitten fact sheets here. Please phone us at the surgery on 01803 606059 (Torquay) or 843836 (Paignton) to book, or to find out more.  You can also register and book your first appointment online.

Puppy 1:1 Clinics

We no longer run puppy parties in their traditional format. Our fantastic veterinary nurse, Laura Holderness, is instead available for free 1:1 puppy consults on a Wednesday evening at Torquay  – please call us to book a slot. You can find out more here.

She has also collated various resources for you:

  • Worming and flea treatment – check out our parasite factsheet
  • Toilet training – check out Laura’s video here, or download her handout
  • Basic manners and training – check out our factsheet, and the Dogs Trust website
  • Dental care – check out our factsheet and a video about how to brush you dog’s teeth here
  • Socialisation with other puppies and humans – check out Laura’s top tips for ‘lockdown’ video here and her info sheet here. Laura has also written an information sheet about social anxiety, which you can access here.
  • Neutering – check out our website page
  • Feeding your puppy correctly – check out this blog by RVN Laura Sproul

Further resources for kitten owners

We are proud to be an accredited Cat Friendly Clinic, and we want to make visits to see us as stress-free as possible.

  • For tips on taking your cat to the vet check out this website
  • Feeding your kitten correctly – check out this blog by RVN Laura Sproul
  • Worming and flea treatment – check out our parasite factsheet
  • Dental care – check out our factsheet and a video about how to brush you cat’s teeth here
  • Neutering information – check out our website page

The International Cat Care website covers everything cat and is a fabulous place to look if you want to find out anything about cat health or behaviour.