Welcome Puppies and Kittens, and All New Pets!
Congratulations—getting a new pet is exciting! There is a lot to know about caring for your newest family member. For new clients, we offer $25 off your first new pet visit.
At AHBC we take the time to discuss crucial care during your puppy’s or kitten’s first year and beyond. We educate pet parents on what needs to be done both at our hospital and at home to keep your new addition happy and healthy.
We want to get to know your new pet. We also want to catch any medical, nutritional, or behavioral issues quickly before they become frustrating challenges.
At every new pet visit, we take a photo of your adorable fur baby for his or her patient file. We give you a notebook full of good information and helpful resources. Many AHBC pet parents use this notebook to keep their pet’s records neat and organized.
Request an appointment online or call us at (919) 544-2226.
The New Pet Visit
What can you expect from a new pet visit at Animal Hospital at Brier Creek?
A new pet visit is similar to a wellness visit. First a skilled vet nurse takes vital signs and asks you questions about your new pet’s diet, lifestyle, personality, and habits. Please feel free to address any preferences or concerns with us.
The most important part of any vet visit is the physical exam: a thorough, careful assessment of your pet’s mouth and teeth, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and joints.
During our “nose-to-tail time,” your vet is checking for both congenital problems, which puppies and kittens are born with, and ear and skin issues, which are common in both puppies and kittens.
Each new AHBC pet visit includes information on life-saving vaccinations and vaccination schedules to prevent disease. We will discuss heartworm protection, intestinal parasite prevention, and flea and tick control, as well as pet insurance, spaying and neutering, and microchipping.
We tailor our education to parents of puppies (and dogs) and parents of kittens (and cats). Read on to find out more.
The Puppy Visit
During your new puppy visit, we offer important information on…
- House-breaking, crate and obedience training, and leash-walking
- The best types of diets, treats, and toys
- How to trim nails, clean ears, and give baths
- Types of dental care
- How to prevent behavior problems such as separation anxiety, excessive barking, and chewing
We strongly recommend testing your new puppy for heartworms, which involves drawing a few drops of blood. Regular blood work at future wellness visits is also essential to catch any issues early.
Environmental enrichment is one of the best ways to prevent unwanted behaviors and bring joy and happiness to our canine fur babies. Read our blog post to learn how environmental enrichment is essential for dogs.
The Kitten Visit
During your new kitten visit, we offer important information on…
- The best types of litter boxes and litter to prevent inappropriate elimination
- The best toys to prevent boredom and scratching
- Environmental enrichment
- The best types of diets and treats
- How to trim nails and clean ears
- Types of dental care
We strongly recommend testing your new kitten for feline leukemia and FIV, which involves drawing a few drops of blood. Regular blood work at future wellness visits is also essential to catch any issues early.
Did you know environmental enrichment is one of the best things you can do for your kitten, your family, and your home? The happiest, healthiest cats are the most enriched! Read our blog post to learn how environmental enrichment is essential for cats.