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Puppy & Kitten Care

Are you planning on adding a new pet to your home? Congratulations! We look forward to welcoming them into the Shawnee Animal Hospital family.

The doctors and staff at Shawnee Animal Hospital want to help your puppy or kitten grow up strong and healthy. Information about our recommended care for adolescent pets is provided in the following descriptions:

 

Puppy Care

No matter if your new puppy is a teacup Chihuahua or a Great Dane, they will need to have a few check ups to ensure that they are properly vaccinated, protected from parasites, and ready for a long and happy life with their new family. We can assist you by explaining the proper vaccinations for puppies, the appropriate time to spay or neuter, and the benefits of microchipping.

Vaccinations: Puppies, like children, need regular shots to help bring them bring their immune systems up to speed, and prevent serious or even fatal diseases. Puppies should be vaccinated in a series of three visits.

  • Their first vaccination visit should take place when they are 6-8 weeks old;
  • The second when they are 10-12 weeks old;
  • And the third when they are 14- 16 weeks old.

At these visits, we will also give your puppy a physical examination, weigh them to track their growth, offer behavioral advice, and administer appropriate parasite testing.

 

Kitten Care

Bringing a new kitten to your home is an exciting time for the whole family. It can be easy to be caught up in the excitement, but at Shawnee Animal Hospital, we ask you to remember that kittens are very small, fragile, and sensitive animals.

If you have other cats, we recommend keeping your kitten in a spare room with a second litter box and not introducing the cats at first. This will give your kitten time to adjust, and your first cat time to realize they are sharing their living space. This is also in the best interest of their health. We suggest that before the kitten is introduced to other cats, they are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

Vaccinations: Your veterinarian can help you decide which vaccinations are appropriate for your kitten based on their age, breed, health status, and lifestyle. Cats who spend time outside or are frequently around other cats may need a few more shots than an indoor kitty.

Kittens should be brought in for shots in a series of three visits.

  • First when they are 6-8 weeks old;
  • Secondly at 10-12 weeks old;
  • And thirdly at 14-16 weeks old.