Puppy & Kitten Care

Introducing a new puppy or kitten into your household creates excitement and joy for the whole family. Not only are puppies and kittens adorable and cuddly, they are lifelong companions that will form a bond with each family member and be by their sides for years to come.

When bringing home a new puppy or kitten, we strongly encourage you to contemplate how it will affect each member of the household, including existing pets. Does everyone want a new pet? How will each family member contribute to its care? It should be clear who will be responsible for the puppy or kitten’s food, water, hygiene, and veterinary needs. Furthermore, bringing a pet home as a surprise is not recommended, because these important conversations cannot be held in advance.

Veterinary care is one of the most important factors that will provide your pet with a long and healthy life. That’s why the first thing you should do is schedule a visit with your veterinarian.

Our doctor’s recommend completing the following benchmark veterinary care items in your pet’s first year of life:

Vaccinations – are the optimum defense against serious diseases. Puppies and kittens should each have three or four visits to receive a series of injections a few weeks apart.

The following table illustrates when puppies should receive their vaccines, and which vaccines make up our core vaccination protocol:

6 – 8 Weeks Old


10 – 12 Weeks Old

DHPP 2nd Round

14 – 16 Weeks Old

DHPP 3rd Round & Rabies

Other additional vaccines may be recommended outside of the core vaccine protocol based on request, lifestyle, and risk of exposure.

The timetable for core kitten vaccines is illustrated in the proceeding table:

6 – 8 Weeks Old


10 – 12 Weeks Old

FVRCP 2nd Round

14 – 16 Weeks Old

FVRCP 3rd Round & Rabies

Spay/Neuter Procedure – is recommended for all puppies and kittens that will not be used for intentional and responsible breeding. Not only do these surgeries prevent reproduction, they also have many health benefits, which result in a longer average lifespan.

Microchip Implantation – If your pet is ever lost, a microchip carrying your contact information will ensure that an animal shelter or veterinarian will be able to get in contact with you if your pet is brought there. Microchips can be more effective than tags because they can never be removed, torn off, or otherwise separated from your pet’s body.

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