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Clinton, CT

Puppy and Kitten Care in Clinton, CT

Let’s start your new pet off on the right foot.

Your new puppy and kitten are in good hands with us.

We want your new puppy or kitten to be healthy and happy! That is why your puppy and kitten care includes addressing the physical, behavioral, and emotional needs of your young pet.

As soon as possible, every puppy or kitten should go to the veterinarian for an initial examination. It allows us to get acquainted with our newest patient and establish his or her baseline health—a baseline against which future medical issues may be diagnosed and treated. It also lets us to begin crucial vaccines and parasite treatment or prevention.

Puppy and kittens need extra care during their first year.

A puppy or kitten visitation schedule is given below, followed by a summary of what to expect. Each of these visits includes a complete and thorough physical examination, and the opportunity to discuss microchipping and spay/neuter choices with your Clinton Veterinary Hospital veterinarian. This is also when you should inquire about any concerns you have regarding their care!

Puppy Health Care

  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvo, and parainfluenza): 8, 12, and 16 weeks
  • Rabies: 12 weeks
  • Lyme disease: 9 weeks or 12 weeks (with a booster shot one month later)

We recommend bordetella and influenza vaccines if a pet is boarded with us or groomed by us. Leptospirosis vaccines are optional.

Kitten Health Care

  • FVRCP (Feline rhinotracheitis virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia): 8, 12, and 16 weeks
  • Rabies: 12 weeks
  • FeLV/FIV (feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency): 12 weeks
    • FeLV vaccine is optional based on the lifestyle of the cat

For both dogs and cats, we check stool samples at 8 weeks to determine if there are any parasite problems that need to be addressed.

Parasite prevention for puppies and kittens.

Puppies and kittens require protection from fleas and ticks on the exterior, while intestinal parasites must be fought on the inside.

The CDC advises specific precautions to prevent hookworm and roundworm infections in people. Because your pets’ parasites can infect your family (known as zoological infection), we strongly advise that you maintain a parasite management program. Parasite control also necessitates the utilization of accepted flea and tick preventives, which are available by prescription and over-the-counter. We can evaluate which approach of parasite management is ideal for your pet during checkups.

Nutritional counseling for puppies and kittens.

Proper treatment for young pets entails more than just administering medicine. It also involves food. We provide a variety of prescription and specially created diets for puppies and kittens on our premises.