What to Expect from Your Puppy or Kittens First Exam

There can be nothing more exciting than bringing a puppy or kitten home for the first time. Aside from getting everything taken care of at your home, the next step is getting ready for a trip to the veterinarian’s office. Whether you are new to pet ownership or not, our veterinarians at Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville are here to answer any questions that you may have about your new furry friend and his or her first exam.

A Comprehensive Examination

New pets should have a thorough nose-to-tail examination with a veterinarian relatively early in life. You can expect a wellness exam to include checking the eyes, ears, mouth, along with listening to the internal organs (heart and lungs). We will also check your pet’s weight and observe how it moves about.

Nutrition and Lifestyle Advice

New puppies and kittens need proper nutrition to grow and have a healthy life. Our team provides pet owners with all of the necessary diet recommendations to ensure the pet is getting the correct amount of nutrients. Furthermore, we will discuss other needs that are critical, such as sleeping patterns and house training.

Spay and Neuter

If you are interested in getting your pet spayed or neutered, a first exam is an excellent time to do so. We will answer any questions you may have concerning the procedure and explain the benefits that spaying and neutering provide. Our veterinarians will provide a timeframe of the best possible time to have this operation to provide your pet with the best possible outcome.


Vaccines are essential for pets of all ages, but they carry even more importance for puppies and kittens. This is because animals under the age of one do not have a fully developed immune system. As a result, these pets are at a much higher risk of contracting severe diseases that can make them quite ill. We will help make it easy for you by explaining the vaccinations that your pet needs and when it should get them. Creating a proper vaccination schedule is one of the most important aspects of preventative care.

Contact Our Veterinarians for Puppy and Kitten Care in Knoxville, TN

Our veterinarians at Bluegrass Animal Hospital provide quality veterinary care for pets of all ages, including puppies and kittens. If you live in or around Knoxville and welcoming a new furry family member into your home, it is time to schedule your pet’s first veterinary exam. Call our team today at (865) 694-8387 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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