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Puppy & Kitten Care

Puppy Care

Congratulations on adding a cute new member to your family! From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, we are here to help your puppy grow up healthy and strong. Our recommendation for getting your puppy’s long and healthy life started on the right foot includes vaccinations, microchip insertion, and spay/neuter procedure. If your puppy is going to be a large or giant dog one day, having them screened for hip dysplasia is also a good idea.

Before your puppy is vaccinated, it is best to keep them away from other dogs. For example, wait to bring them to a dog park or doggy day care. This will protect both them and other animals from contracting infectious diseases.

Plan to bring your puppy in during the following time frames for their vaccinations and puppy check-ins.  

  • Between 6-8 weeks
  • Between 10-12 weeks
  • Between 14-16 weeks

During these visits, we will bring your puppy up to speed with vaccinations and make sure they are thriving and parasite-free.

The core vaccines we recommend for all dogs include:

  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Rabies

Other optional non-core vaccines that may be beneficial for your puppy include:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine influenza
  • Lyme
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Rattlesnake vaccine

Our staff can help you choose which vaccines are right for your puppy’s own needs and lifestyle.

 

Kitten Care

Thinking about adopting a new kitten?  We are almost as excited to meet them as you! 

Before you bring your new kitty home, consider having them tested for feline leukemia if you have any other cats. This all-too-common and devastating disease can spread quickly. Whether or not they have been tested, it is a good idea to postpone the first time your kitten meets other cats. Keep them in a spare room, like a laundry room, for about a day, so the resident cats can get used to the smell, and the idea, of sharing their territory with a new cat. This will help them get along better when they do meet!

In addition, we recommend keeping your cat indoors for their safety. From cars to dogs to infectious diseases, letting cats roam freely outside poses risks. 

As your kitten grows, it is important to bring them in during the following time periods for vaccinations and exams:

  • Between 6-8 weeks
  • Between 10-12 weeks
  • Between 14-16 weeks

During these visits, we recommend the following vaccinations:

  • Calicivirus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Rabies
  • Feline Leukemia

We would also like you to consider microchipping and spaying/neutering your new kitten.

Thinking about declaw surgery? Maybe reconsider. Declawing is tantamount to removing the first knuckle of the finger! In some other states and countries, this procedure has been made illegal because of the common painful side effects. What we do recommend is having your cat’s nails regularly trimmed if you are concerned about their scratching, and also having scratching posts or boards available for their easy access in your home.