Dublin Veterinary Hospital

Puppy & Kitten Care

Your puppy or kitten has unique needs from more mature pets. As they grow and develop, they need special attention in the form of more frequent examinations and routine procedures such as spaying or neutering.

Spay/Neuter Procedure

At Dublin Veterinary Hospital, we strongly recommend spay/neuter procedure for all companion animals. Animals who have been spayed or neutered tend to have longer and healthier lives, and are easier to live with and care for. In addition, this is often a very cost-effective idea as well because the surgery is less expensive than the cost of caring for an unplanned litter. Plus, it can help contribute to the cessation of the pet homelessness crisis.

Spay/neuter procedure is routine and safe. We will schedule a pre-operative appointment to ensure your pet is ready to undergo a surgery, and when the time comes our team is experienced in performing the procedure.

Immediately following the surgery, we will monitor your pet closely to ensure they are recovering as expected. Once you bring them home, they might need a little downtime. It is expected that they might act a little differently than usual, and may want to rest or be alone at first. Keep a close eye on them and let us know if they seem ill or if their recuperation takes more than a few days. Typically, their recovery and rest period is brief and not overly taxing. 

Benefits of Spaying

Spaying refers to the removal of the ovaries and uterus in female animals. Spayed female animals have longer life expectancies than their intact counterparts.We recommend that spaying is conducted before the puppy or kitten's first heat period. When female animals are spayed before this time, it reduces their chance of contracting malignant breast cancer by 90%!

Spayed dogs and cats will not have heat periods. This means that your home will be mess-free, and they won't yowl, howl, or frequently urinate to attract a mate -- all unwanted and displeasing behaviors!

Benefits of Neutering

Neutering refers to the removal of the testes in male animals. Neutering prevents testicular cancers and prostate problems.

Males who have been neutered have a decreased desire to roam away from home in search of a mate. This helps to keep them safe, because they will be less likely to get lost. Behavioral problems such as aggression, mounting behaviors, and frequent urination may also be curbed by neutering.

Microchipping

How will your pet make their way home if they ever become lost? It might be scary to think about but when an emergency strikes, you will be glad you had a plan.

Microchips are one of the most foolproof and effective methods for identifying lost pets. With just a little light paperwork, an individual microchip is programmed with your contact information. It is inserted between your pet's shoulder blades quickly and painlessly in a routine office procedure. Your pet will not need any anesthetics or recovery time, because the procedure for insertion of the microchip is tantamount to a routine vaccine injection.

Once inserted, the microchip will stay with your pet for the rest of their life. Unlike ID tags, there is no chance it will be separated from them. Of course, we do recommend using all forms of identification at your disposal, including ID tags, for maximum security in addition to microchips. And if your contact information ever changes (like during a move), remember to update your contact information registered to your pet's microchip. Without up-to-date information, your pet will not be able to return home to you!

If your pet is not yet microchipping, please feel encouraged to ask your veterinarian to insert one today. After one quick office visit, they can be implanted with a permanent form of identification for the rest of their life.

Puppy Care

Have you recently gotten a new puppy, or are you thinking of getting one soon? If so, congratulations! Adding a cute new member to the family is always an exciting experience. At Dublin Veterinary Hospital, we want to help make sure your puppy embarks down the path to a long, healthy life!

Vaccinations

We recommend waiting until your puppy has been vaccinated to let them meet new canine friends; this means no trips to the dog park, to the kennel, or to your friend's house who wants you to have a playdate with their pets. This could put them in danger of contracting a serious or even fatal illness that their immune system is not prepared for.

To bring their immune system up to speed, we recommend the following core vaccinations to be administered in a series of three visits to the clinic, each 2-3 weeks apart:

  • Distemper Hepatitis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella

While your new puppy is in the clinic for their vaccinations, we will also run a few routine tests such as a fecal exam and a heartworm exam, to make sure they are parasite-free and growing up healthy and strong. Please do your best to bring a fresh fecal sample to your visit!

Kitten Care

Are you welcoming a new kitten into your home? We are here to help ensure that they grow up healthy and happy!

If you have other cats, we also recommend testing your new kitten for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus before introducing them into your home. In addition, for behavioral reasons, you may want to keep your kitten separated from the other cats for a few days, or at least a few hours. This way, the new "roommates" can get used to each other's scents and calm down from the initial shock of having a new cat around. When they do have physical access to each other, this will reduce the chances of aggressive behaviors.

To bring your new kitten's immune system up to speed, we recommend the following core vaccinations to be administered in a series of three visits to the clinic, each 2-3 weeks apart:

  • Distemper
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Calcivirus
  • Rabies

While your kitten is in the office, we will run a few routing tests on them such as a fecal exam to make sure they are growing up healthy and strong. Please do your best to bring a fresh fecal sample to your visit!

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Located across the street from Wawa and directly next to Weis Markets on W Dublin Pike.

Phone: 215.249.9800

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed