Puppy and Kitten Care

We Get You and Your Pet Off to the Right Start


Helping Your Puppy and Kitten’s Health

Early checkups and the right care will ensure that your brand new puppy or kitten gets the best start possible. Your puppy or kitten should have regular annual checkups to enable you and your vet to stay on top of the unique health issues faced by young pets.

Basic Pet Care Needs

Before you bring your new puppy or kitten home, you should make sure that you are equipped to handle their basic pet care needs, such as:

  • Any time you need to transport your pet, you will need a sturdy pet carrier. It can be very dangerous to transport an unrestrained pet. If they get too anxious in a moving vehicle, they can get frantic, putting both you and them in danger. In addition, the carrier is useful if your pet urinates, defecates, or vomits during transport.
  • Proper water and food dishes, collars, and bedding should be obtained that will suit your pet’s size and individual needs. Your pet’s bedding should be comfortable, and they need to be able to reach food and water without straining.
  • Keep toys safe and appropriate. Try not to overwhelm your young pet with too many choices at first. Please make sure they are the right size for your animal companion and meet proper safety standards.

Puppies and kittens are curious and tend to wander. Each year, millions of pets go missing and are not returned home. A microchip installed at our clinic can help ensure that your pet will be found more quickly should they go missing.

Microchipping is a simple and painless procedure during which a chip the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades. The chip will remain for life. The microchip contains your name and information so that if your pet is lost, it can be scanned and returned to you. It has a unique identification number, which is added to a national pet registry.

Most veterinarians and animal shelters have devices for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and the microchip is scanned, the national registry is contacted to reunite pets and their parents. At Irondequoit we use the ResQ system.

Take a look at Ripley’s Story for an example of how microchipping is important.

Healthcare Services

Regardless of your young pet’s needs, we will provide first-class services to keep them healthy and playful at Irondequoit. Some of the other services we provide are:

  • Nutrition
  • Dental and oral care
  • Vaccination and parasite prevention
  • Disease and illness screening
  • Wellness and preventative care
  • Spaying and Neutering
Scheduling an Appointment

It is important to schedule your new pet’s first checkup as soon as possible. During this appointment, we will perform a complete head-to-toe physical examination to check for any potential healthcare issues.

We will create a course of disease and parasite prevention protocols tailored to your pet’s needs. We will also provide nutritional counseling and advice regarding socialization, behavior, and house training.

You will need to schedule several visits during your puppy or kitten’s first year of life to ensure they get proper monitoring, vaccinations, and preventative care. Here is a typical schedule for a puppy or kitten’s first year, though each pet is unique, and your schedule will be tailored specifically to your pet.

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/parvo virus)
  • 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

16 Weeks

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

6 Months

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