Puppies and Kittens

Puppy Wellness

Puppies need a series of vaccines to prevent deadly diseases such as Parvo Virus. Your puppy can start vaccines at 6 weeks old and they need to continue monthly until the pet is at least 16 weeks of age.  The puppy vaccine includes parvo, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and influenza.  They need three vaccines to be fully protected against these diseases.   At the last puppy visit, a one year Rabies vaccine is also given.  Bordetella vaccine is recommended to any puppies that will be groomed, boarded or involved in puppy classes.  Bordetella is also known as kennel cough.  Heartworm and flea prevention is given at each visit along with checking a stool sample and the appropriate deworming medication.

Our RVT’s will counsel new puppy owners on crate training, house breaking, play biting, and anything else needed at each visit. A veterinarian will also examine the puppy at each visit. We recommend spaying or castrating your puppy at six months of age.

Kitten Wellness

A kitten’s first visit to the vet should be between six and eight weeks of age. At the first visit, a feline leukemia test is recommended to make sure your beloved new family member does not have this deadly disease.  Vaccines are started at the first visit and will continue monthly until the kitten is at least 16 weeks old. The kitten vaccine is for viruses that can cause respiratory infections and also a deadly disease called Panleukopenia.  Any kitten that will be going outside or exposed to outside cats should also be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia virus.  Feline Leukemia is a deadly virus contracted by coming into contact with affected cats.  Stool samples are checked at each visit and appropriate deworming medication is prescribed. At the last visit, a one year Rabies vaccine is given as well.

Depending on the kitten’s environment and exposure, heartworm, flea and tick medication may be prescribed. We recommend spaying or castrating your kitten at 5 to 6 months of age. If you choose to declaw, that can be done at this time as well.