So, you're adding a new member to your family? Congratulations! Adopting a new puppy or kitten can be an exciting new journey to embark on, and we hope to aid you every step of the way. Creating a care plan with your vet is the very necessary first step in ensuring your new puppy or kitten develops into a happy and healthy adult!
The Standard Care Protocol
For both puppies and kittens, there are some basic care factors and recommendations that are going to look the same. They will need an initial exam to ensure a good baseline of health. During that initial exam, they will need to be dewormed for parasites and started on a heartworm, flea, and parasite preventative. In addition to deworming, we will need to perform a fecal check to ensure we are not missing the presence of any internal parasites that may not be treated by the general dewormer, like giardia and coccidia. This initial visit should ideally take place at about 8 weeks of age, when your puppy or kitten begins to lose the immunity given to them by their mother and begins the process of creating their own. That's when we begin a vaccination protocol, which should look something like this:
- For Dogs:
- Initial visit at 8 weeks old (1st DAPP vaccine, Bordetella vaccine)
- Second visit at 12 weeks old (2nd DAPP vaccine, 1st Leptospirosis vaccine)
- Third visit at 16 weeks old (3rd DAPP vaccine, 2nd Leptospirosis vaccine, Rabies vaccine)
- For Cats:
- Initial visit at 8 weeks old (1st FVRCP vaccine)
- Second visit at 12 weeks old (2nd FVRCP vaccine, 1st Leukemia vaccine)
- Third visit at 16weeks old (3rd FVRCP vaccine, 2nd Leukemia vaccine, Rabies vaccine)
For more information on these vaccines and why we give them, please visit the vaccinations section in the 'What We Offer' drop-down menu above.