Puppy & Kitten Care

When bringing home a new puppy or kitten, it is easy to get caught up in the rush of excitement. For their future health and longevity, it is important to prioritize their veterinary care early and bring them in for an examination as soon as you are able. A complete physical examination will help you to take stock of your new pet’s needs and any potential health concerns.

Similar to human children, puppies and kittens need more medical attention than adults to make sure they grow up strong and healthy. During these visits, the veterinarian will continue to monitor their growth and also administer vaccinations so their immune systems are fortified against serious contagious diseases from a young age.

Puppy Schedule:

  • 6-8 weeks: Physical examination, DAP* vaccine, fecal exam, monthly parasite prevention
  • 10-12 weeks: Physical examination, DAP vaccine, Lyme/Leptospirosis vaccine
  • 14-16 weeks: Physical examination, DAP vaccine, rabies vaccine, canine influenza vaccine

    *DAP is for canine distemper

Kitten Schedule

  • 6-8 weeks: Physical examination, PRC(FVRCP)* vaccine, fecal exam, FeLV testing, monthly parasite prevention
  • 10-12 weeks: Physical examination, PRC(FVRCP) vaccine, Feline Leukemia vaccine
  • 14-16 weeks: Physical examination, PRC(FVRCP) vaccine, rabies vaccine

    *PRC(FVRCP) is the feline distemper vaccination

During your puppy or kitten visits, your veterinarian will also be able to answer any questions you may have, as well as offer advice about raising your new baby animal. In addition to their medical needs, your veterinarian can also provide insight into their behavior, happiness, mental and emotional needs, and training.

Creating a strong repertoire of communication while your pet is growing will help you to feel comfortable to reach out to your veterinarian throughout their lives whenever you have a question or concern. This is something the doctors and staff at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital prioritize with all of its clients.

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