Puppy and Kitten Care

Care for Proper Growth & Optimum Health

Get Your Puppy and Kitten off to a Great Start at Greece Animal Hospital

Progressive care for puppies and kittens takes a broad approach, addressing all aspects of life during the first year. Greece Animal Hospital offers veterinarians experienced in caring for these young pets.

We are excited about guiding pet owners in proper growth and development, disease prevention, and the importance of training for appropriate behavior. At Greece Animal Hospital, you will find everything you need from a team dedicated to pets and their families’ needs.

Proper Care in the First Year

We suggest you schedule a complete physical examination for your puppy or kitten right away to ensure sound condition and good health. We expect us to design disease prevention and parasite control plan tailored to your pet’s needs during the first visit. In addition, guidance is provided regarding diet and nutrition, proper behavior, socialization, and house training.

It takes several visits during the first year to provide the complete vaccination protocol and monitor health and development. While each pet’s needs may vary, this is a typical first-year schedule for puppy and kitten visits.

What Puppies & Kittens Need

What will you need on the day you bring your young pet home? Some essentials include:

  • Pet Carrier – Essential for safely transporting any unrestrained pet. Puppies and kittens can become frightened in a moving vehicle. Panic can cause an animal to become frantic and climb or jump around the car, which is dangerous to drivers, passengers, and pets. A carrier is also convenient if your nervous youngster vomits, defecates, or urinates during the trip. We recommend keeping young pets in their carrier for safety and a sense of security while in the veterinary waiting room.
  • Dishes, Bedding, and Collars – These personal items should fit the needs of your young pets. Puppies and kittens should be able to eat and with ease. Smaller, stable water and food dishes are recommended during this life stage, even for larger breeds.
  • Toys – All pet toys should meet veterinary safety standards and be appropriate to age, size, and type. Providing only one or two toys helps prevent overwhelming young pets with too much stimulation.

Our veterinarians are pleased to advise you in providing safe, suitable accessories for your puppy or kitten. Contact us to schedule an appointment for your young pets.

Kitten Schedule

8 Weeks

  • FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV) #1 (non-core vaccine)
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Feline leukemia testing
  • Begin parasite prevention protocol
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Litter training guidance

12 weeks

  • FVRCP #2
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2
  • Stool exam and deworming

16 weeks

  • FVRCP#3
  • Rabies vaccine

6 months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping
Puppy Schedule
8 weeks

  • DHLPP #1 (distemper/hepatitis/leptospirosis/parainfluenza/parvovirus)
  • Bordetella vaccine, if needed
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Begin heartworm prevention
  • Begin parasite prevention
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavioral training guidance

12 Weeks

  • DHLPP #2
  • Dental assessment
  • Lyme (optional)
  • Canine influenza (optional)

16 Weeks

  • DHLPP #3
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Rabies vaccine

6 Months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping

Microchipping

Every year millions of pets go missing, and most are never returned home. Having your pet microchipped is the best way to ensure this does not happen to your companions.

Read about Ripley, one pet’s story.

The microchip, roughly the size of a grain of rice, is implanted between the shoulder blades under the pet’s skin and remains there for their entire life. The procedure can be performed easily as an outpatient visit.

A unique number identifies each microchip. This number is added to a national pet registry and the pet and the pet owner’s relevant information. Most animal care facilities and shelters can detect and read these implanted microchips. When a microchip is found, the registry allows the owner to be contacted.

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