Puppy/Kitten Care

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Puppy/Kitten Care

We want what you want: for your new puppies and kittens to be healthy and to flourish so your family can be healthy and can flourish. That’s why our puppy and kitten care involves servicing the physical, behavioral, and emotional needs of your young pets.

Every young pet should be brought to us for an initial visit. It allows us to bond with our newest patient and to establish his or her baseline health—a reference point for diagnosing and treating any future issues.

Call us to schedule this exam and learn about the cost-effective wellness and preventive care plans we offer.

Pet Care in the First Year

What follows is a sample schedule for puppy and kitten visits during their first year of life. Patients receive a complete and thorough physical exam during each of these visits, too. At the initial appointment, our veterinarians and staff will discuss microchipping and spay/neuter options available.

Puppy Health Care

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

We recommend bordetella and influenza vaccines if a pet is being 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

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

Every puppy and kitten needs protection from fleas and ticks on the outside, and intestinal parasites on the inside.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends specific measures to protect against hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. Because your family members can become infected with worms from your pets (known as zoological infection), we strongly recommend a parasite control regimen.

Parasite control also involves the standard flea and tick preventives available by prescription and over the counter. During checkups, we can discuss which method of control is best for your pet.

Nutrition for Puppies and Kittens

Proper care for young pets does not only involve medicine. It involves nutrition, too. At our onsite pharmacy we offer a number of prescription and specially formulated foods for puppies and kittens that need special diets.

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