Hononegah Animal Hospital

Puppy & Kitten Care

Both kittens and puppies benefit from an initial checkup and consultation to create a preventive care routine.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Within the first few weeks of owning a puppy or kitten, you must establish a relationship with our veterinarians so that you can begin caring for them. Puppies and kittens, for example, require vaccinations. They are more susceptible to diseases and illnesses since they are so little, which could be avoided if they were vaccinated. Vaccines for cats and dogs start at 6 to 8 weeks of age. We will discuss and set up a vaccination schedule to keep your pet safe. They’ll also want an assessment of their growth and development, vitals, and a comprehensive checkup to confirm that nothing is seriously wrong. We will also perform a fecal exam to confirm your new puppy or kitten does not have intestinal parasites. For kittens, we will test for FELV/FIV.

We highly recommend spaying and neutering. We typically recommend spaying or neutering pets to avoid unwanted pregnancies and reduce the risk of other health problems. Spaying or neutering your kitten by 5 months of age is advised. For dogs, we typically recommend spaying or neutering between 6-12 months, but this can vary based on breed and size. Our veterinarians will talk with you about when it’s appropriate to spay or neuter your pet based on their circumstances.

Vet visits at a young age can also help your pet grow less afraid of the vet as they get used to it.