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Puppies and Kittens  one of Russell Animal Hospital's Springer patients

The growth and development of puppies and kittens is most rapid during the first year of their lives, therefore you can expect to have your new pet seen at frequent intervals during this first year.  At your first visit, you will receive a puppy or kitten kit filled with helpful information on caring for your new pet. During these puppy and kitten visits, our doctors will examine your pet to make sure they are developing normally and will provide appropriate vaccination(s) and parasite control.  Puppies are scheduled for a complimentary puppy visit with certified, professional dog trainer, Helen St. Pierre of "No Monkey Business Dog Training". Kittens also receive a complimentary kitten visit with Danielle Snyder of the Russell Animal Hospital. Once your pet reaches one year of age, a once a year wellness examination is recommended.

Annual Wellness Examinations

The annual wellness examination is one of the most important appointments you can schedule for your pet.  This visit includes a complete physical examination to determine normal overall body condition, a simple blood test for heartworm disease and tick borne diseases, a fecal test to to detect the presence of internal parasites and when appropriate, routine laboratory testing of blood and urine.  We will also recommend the administration of monthly, year-round heartworm preventives and flea and tick preventives for both cats and dogs, including for those pets that are indoor only.

Sick Pet Appointments

If your pet seems to be under the weather, please call us and we can advise you if your pet should be seen.  Calling us as early in the day as possible can help achieve more prompt diagnostics to help with the treatment of your pet.  If your pet becomes ill during a time when we are unable to offer complete medical care such as during the evening hours, Sundays and holidays, your call will be directed to one of our veterinarians who will determine what level of care your pet needs. If your pet needs prompt medical care during non-business hours, you will be directed to the Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services,CAVES, hospital, our first choice in emergency services.