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Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is exciting.  It is rewarding to watch very young pets develop and grow into valued members of their families.  We want to ensure that your new pet is off to a good start and is set up for a long and full life.

To ensure that your puppy or kitten is in sound condition and healthy, a complete physical exam should be done within a few days of bringing your pet home.  At that time, we will discuss important health issues such as parasite control and heartworm prevention, provide recommendations for proper nutrition, socialization, house training, behavioral issues, and begin the vaccination series.


Why do puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations?

"Very young animals are highly susceptible to infectious disease because their immune system is not yet fully mature.  They receive protection through antibodies in their mother's milk, but the protection is not long-lasting and there may be gaps in protection as the milk antibodies decrease and their immune system is still maturing.

In many instances, the first dose of a vaccine serves to prime the animal's immune system against the virus or bacteria while subsequent does help further stimulate the immune system to produce the important antibodies needed to protect an animal from disease.

To provide optimal protection against disease in the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled, usually 3-4 weeks apart.  For most puppies and kittens, the final vaccination in the series is administered at about 4 months of age, however, a veterinarian may alter the schedule based on an individual animal's risk factors."‚Äč (AVMA, 2016, p.1).

Typical Kitten Schedule (may vary depending on your pet's specific needs)
8 Weeks
-
FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
- FeLV # 1 (feline leukemia vaccine)
- Fecal Exam and deworming
- Feline Leukemia Testing

12 Weeks
- FVRCP #2
- FeLV #2

16 Weeks
- FVRCP #3
- Rabies Vaccine

6 Months
- Spay/Neuter
- Microchipping


Typical Puppy Schedule (may vary depending on your pet's needs)
8 Weeks
- DHLPP #1 (distemper/hepatitis/leptospirosis/parainfluenza/parvo virus)
- Bordetella (if needed)
- Fecal Exam and deworming
- Begin Heartworm prevention

12 Weeks
- DHLPP #2
- Lyme Vaccine #1

16 Weeks
- DHLPP #3
- Rabies Vaccine
- Lyme Vaccine #2

6Months
- Spay/Neuter
- Microchipping

Click here for more detailed vaccination information.