Guidelines to Ensure a Happy, Healthy Young Pet

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Puppies

Give your new puppy or kitten a great start by making an appointment with Carriage Hills Animal Hospital. At this initial visit, we develop a healthy plan for your new youngster, providing the best possible care during this critical first year of life.

The following are general schedules for basic puppy and kitten care. Our recommendations may change based on your pet’s specific needs.

Puppy Care Schedule

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Along with this regular puppy care, we check for parasites and deworm along the way as needed.

6 weeks
  • Distemper / hepatitis / parainfluenza / parvo virus (DHPP #1)
  • Begin heartworm and flea prevention
  • Nutritional counseling
9 weeks
  • Distemper / hepatitis / parainfluenza / parvo virus (DHPP #2)
12 weeks
  • Distemper / hepatitis / parainfluenza / parvo virus (DHPP #3)
  • Rabies
15 weeks
  • Distemper / hepatitis / parainfluenza / parvo virus (DHPP #4)
  • Bordetella, influenza, and/or leptospirosis vaccine for high risk pets
6 months
  • Spay / neuter

Kitten Care Schedule

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For your kitten’s safety, we use adjuvant-free Merial vaccines.

Along with this regular kitten care, we check for parasites and deworm along the way as needed. We strongly recommend Revolution, a product that protects cats from fleas, heartworm, ear mites, and more. Learn the truth about heartworms in cats and understand how HARD (Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease) can harm your feline companion.

6 weeks
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis / calicivirus / panleukopenia (FVRCP #1)
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV) testing
  • FIV testing
  • Revolution, flea prevention
10 weeks
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis / calicivirus / panleukopenia (FVRCP #2)
  • FeLV vaccine #1
  • Revolution
14 weeks
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis / calicivirus / panleukopenia (FVRCP #3)
  • FeLV vaccine #2
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella vaccine for high risk pets
  • Rabies
6 months
  • Spay / neuter
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Feeding Your New Pet

High quality puppy or kitten food is necessary for the healthy growth and development of your new pet (for puppies, we recommend the use of Hill’s Science Diet).

Always offer fresh water and never give your young pet table food.  Avoiding table food from the start helps prevent obesity and finicky eaters. Nutritional counseling  is initiated at the first visit and is available at every wellness visit thereafter.

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Pets, Worms, & Children

Dogs and cats can contract worms from the mother’s milk at a very early age and should first be dewormed at three weeks of age. Both puppies and kittens need to be dewormed after they are weaned, and then rechecked at later intervals as needed.

An intestinal parasite control program is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) due to the incidence of hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. Under normal situations, it’s rare for children to become infected with worms from animals. However, we strongly recommend good sanitation and parasite control to keep your family’s risk at a minimum.

Please contact our hospital with any questions about caring for your young pet. East Montgomery pet owners visit our Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic for the same extraordinary pet wellness care and a selection of essential services in an intimate setting.