Caring for Puppies, Kittens, & New Pets

Puppies and kittens require special care, so call for your initial exam as soon as your new pet arrives. We want to be sure your little one is healthy and strong, growing properly, and that no congenital problems exist. This hands-on physical exam is quite extensive and includes examining the eyes, ears, mouth, and teeth for proper development, as well as checking the heart, internal organs, and musculoskeletal system.

Puppies & Kittens

Puppies & Kittens

At the first exam we will also:

New Pets

If you are adopting a pet, a special congratulations to you! You are not only getting a wonderful companion animal, but you are being a good steward of the pet world by sharing your home with a furry friend. Special kudos go to those of you who are welcoming a new addition to your family through rescue groups or shelters. The abandoned animal population grows daily and adoption from a shelter or rescue organization could be saving a life.

The protocol for puppies and kittens applies for newly adopted pets as well. We recommend that you schedule an appointment for your new pet within the first few days of adoption. Make sure you are given all the medical records on a new pet, and bring copies to your first appointment. This may save your pet from unnecessary vaccinations or treatments and save you from added expense.

Special note to those adopting a new pet: Ballston Animal Hospital offers a "Free First Visit" to animals adopted through the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, through the Washington, DC, Animal Humane Society, and through the Washington, DC, Animal Shelter also operated by the Washington Humane Society. Simply call us in advance to arrange for your "Free First Visit," which is our way of honoring your decision to save an animal’s life.

Special Offers

  • Did you know that Ballton Animal Hospital has a referral program?

    \"\"If you think your friends, neighbors, and family member's pets would be well served at Ballston Animal Hospital, print out the picture below and pass them out. For each new client that comes in for an appointment, you'll earn a $20.00 credit on your account (and the new client will receive a $20.00 discount on their first bill). Be sure to fill in your name along the line provided so we can credit your account appropriately. There is no limit to how much you can earn!

    As additional incentive, we will do a drawing on July 3rd from all the new client cards turned in and the winners (both new client and current client that referred) will receive an additional $150.00 credit on their account!