Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Programs provide a solid start to early pet care and client education. For puppies and kittens, the first 24 weeks are crucial to building a healthy future.
Most importantly, they need a series of physical exams, vaccinations and wormings. Vaccine and worming programs are tailored for individual pets and based on breed, age, and risk.
Many first time pet owners are often overwhelmed. If you are a new pet owner, there is lot to learn about litter boxes, house training, scratching, grooming, obedience training, and nutrition. A lot happens in the first six months!
Schedule for Puppies and Kittens
- 6-8 Weeks — Veterinary exam and evaluation with stage-one vaccinations
We'll do a thorough physical exam, checking for signs of congenital (hereditary) defects or infectious diseases that could mean trouble for your puppy or kitten. Then, we'll administer the primary DAPP or DAMP vaccination to puppies and the FVRCP vaccination to kittens. Finally, we'll test for internal parasites (common in puppies and kittens) and treat if necessary.
- 10-12 Weeks — Veterinary visit for stage-two vaccinations
To maximize their effectiveness, vaccinations must be administered in stages. During the second visit, your puppy or kitten will get a booster vaccine. At this time, kittens going outside may receive a Leukemia (FeLV) vaccine. Puppies may begin a series of vaccines for Leptosporosis.
If your pet is still having intestinal issues from internal parasites, we'll de-worm again. Finally, we'll administer a heartworm preventative to all puppies and some kittens to protect them against this parasite as well as to prevent intestinal parasites
Your puppy or kitten will probably be settled into your home by this time and ready to play – so during this visit we'll also talk about training, socialization, housebreaking, litter boxes, furniture scratching and any other questions you have.
- 12 Weeks — Veterinary visit for stage-three vaccinations
We continue with your pet’s vaccinations on the third visit. Some pets may require an additional visit depending on how many vaccines are being given. Vaccine reactions increase in frequency with the number of vaccines given at any one time. Additionally, some breeds are more susceptible to vaccine reactions and are therefore given less at each visit
All pets are old enough at this time to receive their rabies vaccination (required by Massachusetts law). We'll also talk about their dental care and how to acquaint them with the cleaning process. Doing it now will make it much easier down the road when they will most likely need it!
- 24 Weeks — Spay or Neuter
Thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens are euthanized at animal shelters every year. Spaying and neutering are routine surgical procedures that save lives.
What many people don't know is that spaying or neutering may reduce or eliminate the risk of serious illness in pets in later years. Please consider this option to protect your pet's health, help to prevent pet overpopulation, and to ensure its long and happy life with you and your family.