Are you thinking about adopting a dog or cat? There are many great rescue organizations that can help you find the right fit for your family. Our doctors at Unity Animal Hospital recommend that all rescue animals receive basic medical care prior to adoption.
All dogs should receive a rabies vaccine at 13 weeks of age or older, a distemper/parvo combination vaccine (dogs older than 16 weeks should receive one vaccine, puppies under 16 weeks should be given a series of boosters), a heartworm test with results provided, and spay or neuter surgery completed.
All cats should receive a rabies vaccine at 13 weeks or older, a distemper vaccine (cats older than 16 weeks should receive one vaccine, kittens under 16 weeks should be given a series of boosters), be tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and spay or neuter surgery completed.
Make sure to ask your chosen rescue organization if they provide these basic medical services and if they will be providing records for your new pet upon adoption. Once the adoption is complete, make an appointment for an initial veterinary exam. At the first appointment, bring the records along with you so that we can establish a relationship and meet the newest member of your family.
Good luck on the search for your new furry friend!