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Customized Plans for Puppy & Kitten Care in the First Year

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Puppies and kittens hold a special place in our hearts at the Care Veterinary Clinics! Bring your new youngster in as soon as you adopt for an initial nose-to-tail exam and your personalized wellness plan. Of course, we have lots of information for every new pet owner, to help you and your new family member get off to a great start.

The Wellness Visit

Every puppy and kitten requires regular wellness care to grow and thrive. In the first year of life, we provide a series of visits designed to cover every need. Routine preventive care includes the wellness plan, personalized pet care covering a variety of health issues:

  • Vaccinations
  • Deworming and intestinal parasite prevention
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Heartworm testing and prevention
  • Spay and neuter surgery
  • Microchip implantation
  • Dental care
  • Diet and nutrition

We teach you to create the perfect environment for a puppy or kitten, safe for your pets and the members of your family. In addition, we offer behavioral counseling regarding appropriate socialization, basic obedience training, and elimination training. As needed, we offer guidance regarding behavioral problems such as nighttime anxiety, excessive barking, nipping, chewing, spraying, and scratching.

Puppy & Kitten Care: The First Year

We recommend puppy and kitten vaccines as a general preventive measure. These vaccines are given in a series to build immunity as your young pet grows. The puppy and kitten series of vaccinations usually begins around the eighth week of age and is completed at around the six-month mark. 

Because pets and their owners are unique, with differing needs and lifestyles, we never subject you to a generic vaccine schedule. At the first wellness visit, we prepare a disease prevention plan appropriate for your pet's specific needs. Many puppies and kittens have wellness plans that include vaccines for the following diseases:

  • Puppies–Distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, parvovirus, bordetella, and rabies
  • Kittens–Rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, rabies, and feline leukemia

Spay & Neuter

We recommend all puppies and kittens not intended for breeding be spayed or neutered at around six months of age. This results in a healthier pet, one that likely lives longer and is a happier companion for you and your family. 

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Enjoy these pet care videos from the AVMA.

"Very caring and compassionate" – William & Grace P.
"The best care for your animals in the valley" – Michael J.
"Clinic is super clean and well organized. Staff is very professional, helpful, and friendly" – M. Crawford
"I was so impressed with the professionalism at your office. Bella and myself were treated so lovingly and caring. I felt at ease the moment I met the doctor and felt her warm care toward Bella" – K. Spears
"Excellent! Quality of care is the best" – Cherri & Randy S.