Puppy & Kitten Care
Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your family is a source of joy for all. But in between gushing over their cuteness, it is crucial that you schedule appointments for veterinary care. Young animals have special veterinary requirements, for example, they need more shots than adult animals.
Establishing a positive relationship with our veterinarians at a young age will also make it easier for your pet to visit us when they are older. This will minimize fear and anxiety, and give your pet a chance to become comfortable with our doctors and staff, and visiting our facility.
Listed below are some specific items that you should think about checking off your list.
- You want to keep the new addition to your family not only healthy, but safe. Microchipping ensures that if they ever get separated from you, your contact information will always be with them.
- Microchips are placed underneath the skin in between the shoulder blades.
- Insertion only takes a few seconds, and it is not painful.
- We recommend spaying or neutering puppies and kittens around six months of age. Females should be spayed before their first heat period.
- Benefits of spaying/neutering are numerous—not the least of which is preventing a surprise litter.
- Can prevent cancer of the reproductive organs.
- Can prevent unwanted behaviors such as roaming, aggression, urine marking, and more.
- Puppies should have a wellness exam during these ages: 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks.
- During your puppy’s visit, we will perform a physical examination, fecal exam, and administer core and non-core vaccinations.
- Before your puppy has received vaccines, we recommend that you keep them confined to your own home or backyard. Otherwise, they could possibly contract or spread potentially fatal diseases. Dog parks, kennels, and play dates can be dangerous for puppies who are not inoculated. Their immune systems are at risk.
- Here is a list of core vaccines for dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Rabies, Leptospirosis.
- Bordetella (kennel cough) and Canine Influenza are additional vaccines we may recommend for your puppy, depending on their lifestyle and other factors.
- Your kitten should have a wellness exam during the ages of 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks.
- During these exams we will administer their shots and test them for any potential diseases or parasites.
- The core vaccines we recommend for kittens are Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Rabies.
- Additional vaccines that we may recommend for your kitten based on their lifestyle and other factors include Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and Feline Leukemia.
- Prior to receiving their vaccines, your kitten should be kept in your home to prevent them from contracting potentially fatal diseases
- If you are introducing the kitten to a multi-cat household, we recommend that the new kitten is tested for leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus prior to physical contact with other cats.
- Confining your kitten to one area of the house separate from other cats is a good idea for not only health but behavioral reasons. Cats can be territorial, and they are not as naturally social as dogs. Warming them up to each other slowly will help ensure that they will get along for the long run.
- We would love to discuss tips on introducing your new kitten to your household. Please ask one of our staff members!