New Puppy & Kitten: Comprehensive Pet Care & Guidelines

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Make an appointment with Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic as soon as you bring your new puppy home. We develop an initial health plan for your new puppy, outlining the best care schedule for this critical first year of life.


Disease Prevention for Puppies

We recommend spaying or neutering all puppies at 6 months of age, unless enrolled in a breeding program. This routine procedure often results in a healthier, happier companion with greater longevity.

This is a general schedule for basic puppy care. The schedule may vary based on your pet’s specific needs.

Along with this regular puppy care, we check for parasites and deworm along the way as needed.
Visit Suggested Care
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
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Feed Your Puppy Right

We provide nutritional counseling for your new puppy at the first visit, and continue this practice at every subsequent wellness visit. We only recommend Hills pet foods, such as Science Diet, for healthy growth and development. Always provide fresh water freely and avoid offering table food to young pets. Feeding leftovers and treats from the table can lead to obesity and finicky eaters.

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Pets, Worms & Children

Dogs can contract worms from the mother’s milk at a very early age and should first be dewormed at three weeks of age. Puppies 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 Center for Disease Control (CDC) due to the incidence of hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. Under normal situations it is rare for children to become infected with worms from animals. However, we strongly recommend good sanitation and parasite control to keep you family’s risk at a minimum.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) offers articles, videos, parasite prevalence maps, and other expert information for pet owners. Visit the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People webpage for more information and guidance on this topic.

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Kitten Care

Make an appointment with Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic as soon as you bring your new kitten home. We develop an initial health plan for your new kitty, outlining the best care schedule for this critical first year of life.


Disease Prevention for Kittens

We recommend spaying or neutering all kittens by 6 months of age. This routine surgical procedure often results in a happier pet that lives a longer, healthier life.

This is a general schedule for basic kitten care. This schedule may vary based on your pet’s specific needs.

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.
Visit Suggested Care
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
6 months
  • Spay/neuter
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Feed Your Kitten Right

We provide nutritional counseling for your new kitten at the first visit, and continue this practice at every subsequent wellness visit. We only recommend Hills pet foods, such as Science Diet, for healthy growth and development. Always provide fresh water freely and avoid offering table food to young pets. Feeding leftovers and treats from the table can lead to obesity and finicky eaters.

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Pets, Worms & Children

Cats can contract worms from the mother’s milk at a very early age and should first be dewormed at three weeks of age. 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 Center for Disease Control (CDC) due to the incidence of hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. Under normal situations it is rare for children to become infected with worms from animals. However, we strongly recommend good sanitation and parasite control to keep you family’s risk at a minimum.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) offers articles, videos, parasite prevalence maps, and other expert information for pet owners. Visit the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People webpage for more information and guidance on this topic.

Contact our hospital with any questions about caring for your young pet.