What to expect at your new puppy’s or kitten’s first visits
Getting a new puppy or kitten is exciting for all family members involved, but also comes with a lot of responsibility. It is important to begin addressing current and potential health issues right away. Every puppy or kitten is different, and your veterinarian should always be consulted regarding your pet’s health plan. Getting a new puppy or kitten is exciting for all family members involved, but also comes with a lot of responsibility. It is important to begin addressing current and potential health issues right away. Every puppy or kitten is different, and your veterinarian should always be consulted regarding your pet’s health plan.
Six to Eight Weeks
The first visit is very important and should be scheduled as soon as possible after you acquire your new puppy or kitten to do a thorough physical exam and make sure there are no underlying health problems. Your puppy or kitten will also be started on the proper vaccination and deworming schedule. It would be helpful to bring with you any prior vaccine history or deworming schedule that your new pet has had. A fresh stool sample is recommended to test for any kind of internal parasites. The first deworming for roundworms will be administered regardless of the results of the fecal floatation test because not all roundworm eggs show up on every fecal floatation test. Vaccinations are separated into two groups: core and non-core. Core vaccinations are ones that are recommended regardless of your pet’s situation or geographic location, such as the distemper and rabies vaccinations. Distemper vaccinations are actually a combination of vaccines in one shot. FVRCP (feline distemper) includes rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. DA2PP (canine distemper) includes distemper, adenovirus (also called infectious hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Non-core vaccinations are only recommended for puppies or kittens considered to be at a high risk of exposure to the specific diseases. It is best to only administer vaccinations that are absolutely necessary. Non-core vaccinations include feline leukemia for cats, and bordatella, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease for dogs. Depending on the prior vaccinations your puppy or kitten may have received, it may be appropriate to begin the first round of vaccinations at your first visit. The core vaccinations are given at 3-4 week intervals until your puppy or kitten is 12 to 16 weeks old.
Nine to Eleven Weeks
During the second visit, you will be asked to bring another fresh stool sample. Your puppy or kitten will again be examined, tested for internal parasites and dewormed accordingly. If necessary, your puppy or kitten will receive the second round of vaccinations. We recommend starting your puppy on heartworm and flea and tick prevention at this time. Kittens may or may not need flea prevention but it is wise to discuss this with your veterinarian.
Twelve to Sixteen Weeks
Your puppy or kitten will be examined again for changes not present at the last examinations, dewormed if necessary, and receive the final vaccine in the series as well as a rabies vaccine. Any non-core vaccinations that the veterinarian recommends should be started at this time; however it is best to limit the number of vaccinations at this visit to 2. The non-core vaccinations will also need to be repeated in a 3-4 week interval to insure adequate immunity.
Five to Eight Months
Anytime between five and eight months of age, your puppy or kitten should be spayed or neutered. It is best to confirm good health with a physical examination and blood screen prior to surgery. With preanesthetic blood work, the veterinary team can identify potential concerns which may lead to an anesthetic episode. Other problems such as umbilical hernias and retained deciduous teeth can be taken care of at the same time as the spay or neuter. It is also a good idea to think about a means of permanent identification such as a microchip at the time of the spay or neuter. Once the initial flurry of visits is over, your puppy or kitten will only need to visit your veterinarian once a year, providing that there are no unexpected illnesses or injuries. It is important to return for a complete physical examination yearly, even if your puppy or kitten is not due for any vaccinations, to discuss health issues, develop a treatment plan and diet to keep your puppy or kitten happy and healthy, and to discuss which vaccinations or wormers are still necessary throughout your pet’s life. It is also important to visit your veterinarian annually to discuss necessary heartworm, flea, and tick prevention. By taking early preventative steps, owners can help ensure their pets a long, happy life.
You Asked for It - We Listened
When we read our client surveys we realized that many of you were requesting that we offer grooming services from our hospital.
Therefore, we asked Sara Bathalon to join the staff of Mt. Mansfield Animal Hospital.
Sara graduated from the Connecticut Canine Grooming and Training School in Newington, CT and worked in Burlington prior to joining our staff.
She is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School and is a long time resident of Jericho.
Sara is familiar with most canine breeds and is happy to work with you to achieve your desired results.
She will also bathe and groom cooperative cats. You may schedule a Friday appointment with her by calling the office at (802) 899-4013. We do apologize that Sara is very busy and you may have to wait two or three weeks for an appointment, so please plan ahead.She will also bathe and groom cooperative cats. You may schedule a Friday appointment with her by calling the office at (802) 899-4013. We do apologize that Sara is very busy and you may have to wait two or three weeks for an appointment, so please plan ahead.
Flea, Tick and Heartworm Prevention
We recommend flea, tick and heartworm prevention be continued year-round for optimal protection.
We recommend heartworm testing at least every other year when your pet is on preventative and annually if you choose not to use preventative.
Visit our office to choose a prevention protocol to suit your pet’s needs!
We will respond to any emergency presented at our hospital during our open hours.
After hours and on Sundays, please call (802) 863-2387 for Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services.
They are located in Williston on Commerce Street and offer 24 hour emergency care, servicing all the local veterinarians of Chittenden County and beyond.
I feel so blessed to have the fine group of individuals at MMAH taking care of ALL my pets and me, as the pet owner. I had unfortunate luck and lost 2 of my siberians within 3 months of each other this spring. Steve and his staff are so caring and helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life. Thank you all for loving animals!
Dr. Stephen (Steve) C. Barningham, VMD
Steve graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. After having worked in New Hampshire in a mixed (both large and small animals) practice for five years, he bought Mt. Mansfield Animal Hospital in 1991. He lives in Jericho with his wife Ruth, their horse Fred, two mixed breed dogs named Sandy and Walker, three cats named OT, Missy and Pippin, and a cockatiel named Bobbi.
Ruth is the business administrator for the hospital. She works mostly from home when she’s not planting the gardens, running errands or causing other trouble at the office.
Lynn has been with MMAH since 1985. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician and is our chief purchasing agent for medical supplies and food. When she’s not busy helping clients and patients or keeping us well stocked, she lives in Fletcher with her husband Raymond, their two children Emma and Isaac, their dog Ada and two cats named Oliver and Dodger.
Jennifer (Jenn) Franzen
Jenn, a Certified Veterinary Technician, is our Director of Public Relations. She has been with us since 2000 and when she’s not thinking up new ways for us to be more visible in the community, you’ll find her on our phone lines or helping clients face to face. She lives in Colchester with her husband Christopher, their daughters Payton and Arianna, a Guinea Pig named Panda and their dog Philo, a German Shorthaired Pointer.
Elise, a Certified Veterinary Technician, has worked for MMAH since 2001. She is our chief organizer. When she’s not rearranging the office or working with clients and patients, she lives in Underhill with her husband Russell, their daughter Hannah, son Brayden, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Ava and Ginny, two cats CJ and Minnow, two Guinea Pigs Lucy and Pumpkin Pie, and chickens. Elise is available for local pet sitting if you’re going to be traveling.
Renee has been with MMAH since 2007. She is our receptionist and is studying to be a Veterinary Technician. When she’s not answering our phones, she lives in Fairfax. She has four children: Josh, Amanda, Cassie and Jaidyn. She became a grandmother for the first time in June 2013, when Colton was born. She is owned by 3 dogs: Mia, a Rottweiler; Dixie, a Pit Bull cross, and Bentley, a Chihuahua. Just ask her about dog breeds that get a bad rap!
Eadye graduated in 2008 from Vermont Technical School’s Veterinary Technician program. She worked at Colchester then Milton Vet Hospital until she joined our staff in August of 2010. She is recently engaged to Tyler Button. Eadye enjoys hiking, fishing, gardening, camping and mostly being outside with her German Shorthaired Pointer, Zandra.
Dr. Nancy J. Firey, DVM, CVA
Nancy graduated from Virginia Tech Veterinary School in 1992 and moved to Vermont to practice soon after. In 2006 she became a Certified Veterinary Chiropractor and in 2007 she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Dr. Firey works with Dr. Barningham to provide holistic solutions for pets with stubborn problems. She is in our offices by appointment on Mondays. She lives in Richmond with her husband, two children and their menagerie.
Sara joined the staff in February 2010 as our part-time groomer. Sara completed her certificate work at the Connecticut Canine Grooming and Training School and worked in Burlington as a groomer before joing our staff. Sara works on Fridays by appointment only so please call the office if you wish to take advantage of her services. She is owned by a pug named Clarabella.
Liz is a Senior at Mt. Mansfield Union High School. She shadowed Steve during the summer of 2012, and was hired in spring of 2013 for kennel work, cleaning, assisting at the reception desk and in the restraint of animals. Next year she plans to major in Animal Science and continue on through Vet School. She lives with her family in Jericho with two cats, Domino and Derby and two guinea pigs, Liliuokalani and Rosita.
Mt. Mansfield Animal Hospital in Jericho, VT is dedicated to serving your small animals by providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.
We understand the special role your pets play in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in their health care. We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.