AM/PM Animal Hospital

Puppy & Kitten Care in Austin, TX

Puppies and kittens! You're bringing wild and delicate little toddlers into your home, and just like with human toddlers, these little chaps need wellness checks, vaccinations, age-specific food, and activities, patience and kindness to keep their energies and spirits safely focused as they learn the ropes of becoming a dog and cat. Grab a book that covers not only their physical needs, but also behavior, body language and vocal cues, so you can be the best pet parent ever!

Unlike adult dogs and cats, puppies and kittens require several visits during the first 8-16 weeks. This is because their immune system is still developing, they require a series of vaccinations, to further stimulate their immune system, usually 3-4 weeks apart. For most puppies and kittens, the final vaccination in the series is given around 4 months of age, but can change based on your pet's circumstances and needs. Each visit, we will ensure your puppy or kitten is up to speed with vaccinations, check on how they are growing, and ensure they are parasite-free with monthly heartworm and flea prevention.

Puppy Care

AM/PM Animal Hospital - Puppy Care

Congratulations on adding a cute new member to your family! From Chihuahuas to Great Danes and all the wonderful mixes, 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.

The core vaccines we recommend for all dogs include:

  • DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
  • Rabies

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

  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine Influenza
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

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 and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) if you have any other cats.

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 few days, switching out linen for each of the cats to get used to the scent of the other, and the idea, of sharing their territory with a new cat. This will help them get along better when they do meet! (And be sure to make the introductions slowly and supervised!)

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.

During these visits, we recommend the following vaccinations:

  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
  • Rabies
  • FELV (Feline Leukemia)

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

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Located in the South Lamar neighborhood in South Austin. Directly off of US-290 between Bluebonnet and Oltorf.

Phone: 512-448-2676

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