New Kitten and Puppy Care: Vet Visits

So you’ve gained a four-legged family member. Now what? In this series we will lay out what to expect when you’re expecting a new feline or canine friend to join the family. We are kicking off this series with the most important factor: vet visits.

 

Puppy Vet Visit Timeline

1st Visit 6 to 8 weeks of age

First Puppy Exam

During this process, your veterinarian will assess the health and well-being of your new pup.

Distemper-Parvo + Corona Vaccine

Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease that attacks the intestinal tract, white blood cells, and occasionally the heart muscle. It is also spread dog-to-dog contact via fecal waste from infected dogs.

Fecal Float Test

The fecal floatation test is one of the most important tests that an animal hospital does on a regular basis. This test is important because it is used to determine if your pet has intestinal worms.

Deworming/Nemex

If the fecal float test determines your pet has intestinal worms, the vet will move forward with the deworming process. 

 

2nd Visit: 9 to 10 weeks of age

Distemper-Parvo + Corona Vaccine

Bordetella/Kennel Cough Vaccine

Kennel cough, the common name given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. Young puppies often suffer the most severe complications that can result from this disease since they have immature immune systems.

Deworming/Nemex

 

3rd Visit: 12 Weeks of Age

Distemper-Parvo + Corona Vaccine

Bordetella/Kennel Cough Vaccine

Optional Flu Vaccine

Deworming/Nemex

Heartworm/Flea Preventive Puppy Kit

 

4th Visit: 16 Weeks of Age

1 Year Rabies Vaccine

Rabies is almost always fatal. The Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system, and is transmitted via the bite of an infected animal.

County Tag Issued

Distemper-Parvo + Corona

Optional Flu Vaccine

Optional Lyme Vaccine

 

5th Visit: 18 Weeks of Age

Optional Lyme Vaccine

 

 

Kitten Vet Visit Timeline

 

1st Visit: 6 to 8 Weeks of Age

First Kitten Exam

During this process your veterinarian will assess the health and well-being of your new kitten.

FeLV Test

Feline leukemia is a viral disease which can take several forms. Some cats have transient infections with few ill effects. Others have persistent infections varying in severity, some of wich may be fatal over time.

FVRCP Vaccine

Feline viral rhinotracheitis is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

Fecal Float

Deworming/Nemex

 

2nd Visit: 9 to 10 Weeks of Age

FVRCP

FeLV (2yr Vaccine)

FeLV is a recommendation, but not required. All kittens should receive this at initial vaccination because they are the most susceptible.

Deworming/Nemex

 

3rd Visit: 12 to 13 Weeks of Age

FVRCP

FeLV (2yr Vaccine)

Deworming/Nemex

 

4th Visit: 16 Weeks of Age

Purevax Rabies

Rabies is almost always fatal. The Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system, and is transmitted via the bite of an infected animal.

County Tag Issued

FIP (if outdoor cat)

A complex disease of cats caused by Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a viral disease of cats caused by certain strains of a virus called the feline coronavirus.

 

5th Visit: 19 Weeks of Age (only outdoor cats)

FIP Booster

 


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