Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate

Puppy & Kitten Care

Few things are better than the joy and excitement of a new furry friend, in our opinion! At Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate, our first recommendation to new pet parents is always to schedule a physical exam as soon as possible. This is important even if you're a seasoned pet owner! Each pet is unique and young dogs and cats require more frequent and special veterinary care to ensure they are prepared for a long, happy, and healthy life with you.

Puppy Care

Wellness Exams

We schedule puppy wellness exams at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. This allows us to monitor growth, prevent illness and parasites early on, and answer any questions you may have regarding your puppy's health, behavior, and more.

Puppy wellness visits include a comprehensive nose-to-tail physical examination, fecal exam, and core and non-core vaccinations.

Vaccinations

Vaccines keep your puppy protected against life-threatening conditions, which is especially important for their immature immune systems.

Before your puppy has received all of the vaccines they need during the first year of life, we recommend being mindful where you take your new puppy. Your home is the safest place. Forego dog-friendly locations like dog parks, daycares, and boarding facilities until your puppy is fully vaccinated.

  • Core vaccines are recommended for all dogs. This includes: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Rabies, and Leptospirosis
  • Non-core vaccines are recommended based on lifestyle, risk of exposure, and unique health considerations. This includes: Bordetella (kennel cough) and Canine Influenza.

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Kitten Care

Wellness Exams

We schedule kitten wellness exams at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. This allows us to monitor growth, prevent illness and parasites early on, and answer any questions you may have regarding your kitten's health, behavior, and more.

Kitten wellness visits include a comprehensive nose-to-tail physical examination, fecal exam, core and non-core vaccinations, and tests for conditions common in kittens.

Vaccinations

Your home is the safest place for your kitten before they are fully vaccinated. This will help to safeguard against potentially life-threatening conditions.

  • Core vaccines are recommended for all cats. This includes: Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Rabies.
  • Non-core vaccines are recommended based on lifestyle, risk of exposure, and unique health considerations. This includes: Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and Feline Infectious Peritonitis.

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Multi-Cat Households

We strongly recommend having your new kitten tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) before introducing him or her to other cats in your household.

Introducing a new kitten to a multi-cat household should be a slow and patient process. Cats are intrinsically territorial, so it's best to first keep the new kitten in a separate room so they can smell each other through the door, but not see each other. After some time apart, place your kitten in a carrier and let your other cats see and smell the new kitten. The next step would be to let them interact. Please do not rush this process!

We are happy to provide advice and discuss ways for a smooth introduction between your new kitten and other cat(s).

Spay/Neuter Procedure

The spay/neuter procedure offers dogs and cats numerous health and behavioral advantages and, as a result, benefits you as a pet owner too. This procedure is a key component of wellness care at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate, and Drs. Stephanie Lantry and Laurie Putnam recommend it for all of their canine and feline patients.

As with all surgical procedures performed at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate, your pet's safety and comfort throughout this procedure is our top priority. Our clinical team is highly trained to perform this procedure with meticulous surgical practices, including:

  • Pre-surgical bloodwork
  • Properly dosed anesthesia
  • IV fluids
  • Advanced surgical monitoring equipment
  • Technician monitoring
  • Pain management 

What is spay/neuter procedure?

Spaying is performed on female pets and involves a complete ovariohysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.

Neutering is performed on male pets and involves the surgical removal of both testicles. Do not fret. It sounds scarier than it is! Your pet will not miss them.

Benefits of a Spay/Neuter Procedure

For your individual pet, spay/neuter procedure benefits his or her overall health by preventing life-threatening diseases, undesirable sexual behaviors, and unwanted litters. This procedure also promotes longevity and greater loyalty and affection towards humans!

Spaying female pets prevents:

  • The urge to roam
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Messy heat cycles
  • Urine marking
  • Howling
  • Uterine and mammary issues, including cancer and infections
  • Unwanted litters

Neutering male pets prevents:

  • The urge to roam
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Urine marking
  • Testicular cancer and prostate disease
  • Unwanted litters

For the pet population at large, spay/neuter procedure helps curb pet overpopulation and frees up much-needed space in animal shelters; therefore, allowing more pets to be rescued.

Common Myths

  1. My pet will gain weight. The natural aging process typically affects weight gain in pets more than other variables. Sounds similar to human experiences, right? It is true, however, that decreased hormone levels may in turn decrease activity. The solution to this is simple: proper diet and adequate exercise.
  2. Female pets need to complete a heat cycle before being spayed. For dogs: The less heat cycles your dog has before being spayed, the less likely she will be to develop issues like mammary cancer and uterine infections. However, some dogs may benefit from going through one heat cycle. Please discuss this further with your veterinarian. For cats: This is an old wives' tale. There is no real clinical reason to wait! In actuality, the fewer heat cycles your cat has before being spayed, the less likely she will be to develop uterine infections and her risk for breast cancer will be significantly lower if no heat cycles occur. Also, cats are very adept breeders, which means kittens could be on the way before you know it.
  3. Male pets' personalities change after being neutered. Your pets' unique personality and spunk will still be there after being spayed or neutered. The only difference will be the removal of naughty behaviors, like aggression, urine marking, and roaming.

Microchipping

Microchips help to prevent the heartbreak of a lost or stolen pet not returning home. Even if you consider yourself a conscientious pet owner, accidents happen. So much so that an estimated 10 million dogs or cats are lost or stolen on an annual basis. This equates to about one out of every three pets!

For this reason, the veterinarians at Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate highly urge all pet owners to be prepared with reliable identification to maximize the likelihood of a pet making a safe return home. This recommendation is universal for both indoor and outdoor pets. Microchips can be inserted at any age. But, we recommend microchipping your pet sooner rather than later for their safety and your peace of mind.

The insertion process causes no pain to your pet. It is a quick and simple procedure, and can be performed at the same time as other services, such as administering vaccines or performing spay/neuter procedure. Once your pet's microchip has been inserted, complete the registration process by providing the national database with your current contact information. Importantly, should you ever move or change phone numbers, be sure to update your pet's microchip registration!

Each microchip has a unique serial number attached to it. This way, when a lost pet is found, animal shelters, animal hospitals, and animal care workers can use a special scanner to read the serial number and how to contact you.

In addition to microchips, our veterinary team supports the use of collars and ID tags. Although these forms of identification are not foolproof, they are an added resource and signifies to others that your pet has a home and family.

Join the Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate Family Today!

Located 1.5 miles in from Siesta Key, just half a mile past S Tamiami Trail.

Phone: 941.922.0756

Email: info@animalmedicalclinicgg.com

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed