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Must Know New Pet Owner Information

Congratulations on becoming a first-time pet owner! Along with the excitement and happiness that a new pet brings into the home, a new pet also comes with a huge responsibility. Whether you recently got a new puppy/kitten or adopted a pet in-need of their forever home, Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is here to help you navigate your experience as a dog or cat owner. On this page, you will find everything you need to know to keep your new pet happy, healthy and, most importantly, safe!

Pet Services Your New Pet Will Require in the First 12 Months

Veterinary Exam (First Appointment, Ongoing)

Not only do we want to meet your furry family member, but it’s also important that they get to know us too! During an examination, we spend the time getting to know you, your pet and their lifestyle. In addition, we will complete a head to tail assessment to ensure your pet is healthy. This is also a great time to ask us any questions you may have.

Puppy Vaccinations and Kitten Vaccinations (Week 8, Week 12, Week 16)

Getting your pet started on a proper vaccination program early will help keep them healthy for life. As the immunity their mother provided them starts to wane, it is important to time the vaccines properly so their own immune system is prepared to protect them from exposure to diseases.

Dog Vaccinations and Cat Vaccinations (Every 1-3 Years)

Vaccines help protect against common infectious diseases seen in cats and dogs. They stimulate the body’s immune system to attack and ‘remember’ the infectious organism so your pet can fight against the infection again in the future (if necessary). Without vaccines, many cats will become seriously ill due to a virus in their body that they are unable to fight off on their own effectively. The use of vaccines has prevented death and diseases in millions of pets. Vaccines also protect people from diseases, such as rabies, that can be transmitted from pets to humans.

Cat Deworming (Week 2 up to 6 months)

Deworming is an important part of your pet’s preventative health care program. Intestinal parasites can occur in both cats and dogs, especially when they venture outdoors. Parasites can deprive your pet of essential nutrients and cause digestive upset. Some can also be transmissible to other animals and humans. Our veterinarians will talk with you about your pet’s risk level for parasitism and set up a schedule for deworming that is tailored to your pet’s needs.

Dog Spaying & Neutering and Cat Spaying & Neutering (Around 6 months)

One aspect of responsible pet ownership is having your pet spayed or neutered. Not only are you helping to control pet overpopulation, but spaying and neutering can also help eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of developing certain health and behaviour issues.

Dog Microchipping and Cat Microchipping (Anytime)

Having your pet microchipped is highly recommended for a multitude of reasons, such as if your dog happened to break free from their collar or if your cat slipped out the front door. If found, a permanent form of identification for your pet will help ensure they make their way back to you. We can complete a microchip service at any time. However, it is most common to do this during the spay or neutering procedure.

Dog Fleas & Tick Prevention and Cat Flea Control (Year-round)

It is important to take your pet in for their annual exam to be prescribed a flea and tick prevention medication to protect them from dangerous parasites. It is especially important from the spring to fall season and for pets who travel often. Call us to discuss the importance of year-round parasite prevention.

Dog Diet and Cat Diet (Anytime)

Although your pet may be more interested in what you are eating, cats and dogs have specific dietary needs based on their age, lifestyle and current state of health. Our veterinarians provide nutrition advice to ensure your pet is properly nourished.

Health Insurance and Veterinary Savings Account

The investment of a pet is always something to be considered even before adding a new member to your family. In addition to ongoing preventative care and annual check-ups, we encourage our clients to be prepared for any unexpected emergencies that may happen. We recommend looking into health insurance options, such as Trupanion, or opening a ‘Veterinary Savings Account’ and contributing some money each month. This way, you’ll be prepared for anything your pet may need in the future without the additional stress!

What to Expect On Your First and Future Appointments

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we are here to help you feel confident as a new pet owner! Our compassionate and experienced team of veterinary professionals can answer any questions you may have, as well as provide the necessary information you didn’t know you needed. We will assess the health of your pet and provide recommended treatments. From their early days to their golden years, we are here for all of your pet needs.

You can count on us to provide superior care and excellent service every single time you walk through our doors. Call 403.452.2060 to schedule an appointment and ensure your pet gets the proper care to live a long and healthy life as your right-hand companion.

Last Updated: October 6, 2021.

To all of our valued clients,

Little Creek is excited to begin construction to improve the front end of our clinic to better serve you. Construction is set to start Tuesday, October 12th. To ensure the safety of all of our clients, we are going to return to a full locked door policy.

What does this mean for you:

  • We will remain open but under a locked door policy until completion.
  • Curbside pick up for all food and medications, please call when you arrive.
  • All appointments, please call when you arrive.
  • Patient transfer for appointments or surgeries will happen curbside. We still ask that you wear a mask for patient transfers.
  • Appointments with our veterinary technologists or veterinarians will remain without clients in the building. We will ensure patient care and safety during their visit inside, without you.
  • For all veterinary appointments: a pre-consult will happen with the doctor over the phone when you arrive, the patient will be brought in for the examination and the doctor will call you back once complete with any findings or to discuss further treatment plans.
  • In the unfortunate circumstance that you would need to say goodbye to a beloved pet, we will allow 2 clients in with safety steps in place.
  • All payments will be done either over the phone or curbside.

    We have been given an approximate timeline of 4 weeks for construction to be completed and will update you once it is done.

    Business Hours Update

    Due to staff shortages, on November 1st we will be changing our hours to the following:

    Monday: 8-6pm
    Tuesday: 8-6pm
    Wednesday: 8-6pm
    Thursday: 8-8pm
    Friday: 8-6pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you again for your understanding of the safety restrictions during this time and we look forward to a newer, more efficient reception area soon.

    - Your dedicated team at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic