TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Paw Creek

Puppy & Kitten Care

At TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Paw Creek, our doctors are here to help you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home. Even at a young age, it's important to schedule your new addition's preventative care appointments right away, so we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians shortly after bringing your new puppy or kitten home!

Microchipping

1 in every 3 pets in the United States is lost or stolen from their owner at some point in their life. It's a tragedy that we hope none of our patients and clients ever have to experience, which is why we at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Paw Creek offer microchipping.

Microchipping is a form of pet identification that is the #1 most effective method of reuniting lost or stolen pets with their owners. A small microchip is inserted just beneath the surface of your pet’s skin, typically under their shoulder blade. Whenever a pet hospital or shelter finds a lost pet, they will scan to see if the pet has a microchip. If they do have one, they will be able to retrieve the owner’s contact information from the national database and reunite the pet with its owner.

The microchipping process is simple and can be completed in just a few minutes. We typically implant the microchip while your pet is under anesthesia during its spay/neuter procedure. Once the microchip has been inserted you will be given a PIN and can go online to the national database to upload your contact information into the microchip. From then on your pet has an effective and reliable form of ID.

Should you move or change phone numbers, you can edit your information in the online national database. Also, we still highly encourage the use of collars and ID tags in addition to microchipping.

Spay/Neuter Procedure

The Spay/Neuter procedure poses numerous health benefits for your pet and is something that we recommend for all the patients we see. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries from female pets, and Neutering is the removal of the testes from male pets.

Our team of trained technicians and experienced doctors at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Paw Creek follow a strict code of conduct when completing such procedures, and do extensive background work to ensure that your pet is as comfortable and safe as possible before, during, and after the procedure. All pets are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure.

Below are the protocols that we adhere to:

  • Pre-surgery Blood Panel
  • Administer the proper dose of anesthesia
  • IV Fluids
  • Advanced technician and equipment monitoring
  • Pain management
  • Recovery and therapy 

In cases where the pet is seven years of age and older, we may not recommend the spay and neuter procedure due to the maturity of their reproductive organs. With that note, we find the best time to have this procedure done is when your pet is around six months to a year old.

Why Should I Have My Pet Spayed/ Neutered?

The Spay/Neuter procedure benefits your pet, you, and the pet community as a whole.

  • For pets, the spay/neuter procedure offers a decreased risk of certain forms of cancer, a longer lifespan, and an overall greater quality of life.
  • For pet owners, no more worrying about unwanted litters, and your pet will be less aggressive and more friendly.
  • For the pet community, by not allowing your pet to reproduce,  space in animal shelters are freed up so that more pets can be adopted. 

Health and Behavioral Benefits of the Spay/Neuter Procedure

The biggest health benefits for pets includes improved behavioral habits and the prevention of life-threatening illnesses. Ultimately, this will lead to overall better quality of health, and longer-lasting life for your pet.  

Benefits for Male Pets:

  • Prevents unwanted litters
  • Prevents prostate disease and testicular cancer
  • Better behavior, less bitting, less aggression

Benefits for Female Pets:

  • Prevents unwanted litters
  • No more heat cycles
  • Prevents unwanted behaviors like aggression and the urge to roam
  • Prevents certain mammary infections and cancers

Puppy Wellness Exams

Puppy wellness exams allow us to check up on your pet’s growth and health during the first stages of their life.  During your puppy’s wellness exam, we will record their growth and check for possible illnesses and parasites. Our veterinarians will also perform a thorough physical examination and then prescribe core and non-core vaccines.

We schedule wellness exams at 8, 12, and 16 week periods, and we welcome all questions or concerns that you may have about your new pet. We advise that you bring a new fecal sample from your pet to each exam.

Puppy Vaccinations

Just like in humans, vaccines help puppies avoid disease and harmful conditions. Puppies already have weak immune systems since they are still growing, so we highly encourage that you vaccinate your puppy. Before your puppy receives their vaccines, please be aware of where you bring your puppy. Avoid taking your puppy to crowded places  like dog parks and puppy daycares.

 There are two main types of vaccines:

  • Core vaccines are encouraged for all puppies, regardless of specific circumstances. These include Leptospirosis, Rabies, and DA2P-P.
  • Non-core vaccines are recommended by your veterinarian on a case specific basis. These vary based off of your puppy’s lifestyle and other specific circumstances. These include Canine Influenza and Bordetella.

Kitten Wellness Exams

Kitten wellness exams allow us to check up on your pet’s growth and health during the first stages of their life. During your kitten’s wellness exam, we will record their growth and check for possible illnesses and parasites. Our veterinarians will also perform a thorough physical examination and then prescribe core and non-core vaccines.

We schedule wellness exams at 8, 12, and 16 week periods, and we welcome all questions or concerns that you may have about your new pet. We advise that you bring a new fecal sample from your kitten to each exam.

Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccines will help shield your kitten from harmful diseases and conditions. We strongly advise that you vaccinate your kitten, and that you keep your kitten at home before they are vaccinated. This protects your kitten when they are in a vulnerable position as a newborn animal.

There are two main types of vaccines:

  • Core vaccines are encouraged for all kittens, regardless of specific circumstances. These include Rabies, Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, and Calicivirus.
  • Non-core vaccines are recommended by your veterinarian on a case specific basis. These vary based off of your kitten’s lifestyle and other specific circumstances. These include Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and Feline Leukemia (FeLV).

Multi-Cat Households

Before you introduce your kitten to your multi-cat household, we highly encourage you to get your kitten tested for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) to protect your kitten’s health and immune system.

After that, adapting your kitten to a home that other cats already live in can be a slow and methodical process. Cats are inherently territorial, so they may take time to get used to a new kitten in their house. We recommend that you don’t rush this process and instead place your kitten in a carrier and let your other cats get to know your kitten. After that, you can let your cats and kitten interact.

Total Wellcare Club

We want to make your pet's lifetime care as cost effective as possible, so we're so excited to share our Total Wellcare Club with you! It offers many incredible benefits including low monthly payments, two wellness/preventative care visits per year, and all immunizations, customized to your pet according to AAHA Vaccine Guidelines - just to name a few. Be sure to check it out!

Join the TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Paw Creek Family Today!

Phone: 704.827.7422

Email: paw.creek@totalbondvets.com

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed