Thank you for allowing us to help manage your
pet's health. Please follow the below suggestions to insure
optimum growth and development. For more exotic pets, please
call us or schedule an appointment.
New Puppy Care
The series of vaccinations against Distemper, Hepatitis,
Leptospirosis, Coronavirus, and Parvovirus should be given at
6,9,12, and 16 weeks of age. Remember that puppies are not
immune to Distemper and Parvovirus until the entire vaccination
series is completed. This will not be until after the last
immunization which will be given when the pup is approximately
16 weeks of age. Avoid contact with strange or stray dogs as
much as possible until that time. Many adult dogs are carriers
of disease even though they are not sick themselves. Rabies
vaccination is usually given at 16 weeks of age and you will
receive the county tag and license. This will be renewed each
year at the time of the rabies vaccinations.
Internal Parasite Examination
A fecal should be performed on the first two visits to check for
"worms." The puppy should be dewormed if the test is positive
for any internal parasite. Remember that we cannot find
tapeworms because they do not pass eggs in the stool for us to
find under the microscope. Be sure to inform us if you should
see small, white segments (rice-like) in your pet's stools.
Tapeworms require a specific type of medication that is
different from other de-worming medications. The fecal
examination will also check for coccidia, a small protozoa that
is transferred from mother to offspring. Begin heartworm
preventive around the time of the last visit, around 16 weeks of
age. It should be given once per month all year long.
We recommend using Advantage, Frontline, or Advantix once a
month for flea control. Do not waste money on over-the-counter
products. Understand that 90% of the flea's life cycle is spent
off the pet. Spraying the yard and house is the most effective
part of flea control.
We recommend spaying or neutering your puppy at a minimum age of
six months. Females do not have to have a heat cycle before
spaying, in fact, it is better if they don't. The earlier
spaying occurs the less likely mammary tumors will occur later
Feed only high quality puppy foods. You get what you pay for in
puppy food. High protein content does not mean it is a
digestible protein that is of benefit to the puppy. We recommend
Hill's Science Diet puppy food.
Encourage exercise to promote bone and muscle development.
Notify the clinic any time you have a problem with your puppy.
Be sure to call should the puppy develop diarrhea, vomiting, or
loss of appetite that lasts longer than 24 hours.
New Kitten Care
Your kitten should receive vaccinations for Feline Distmeper,
Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Pneumonitis at 9, 12, and 16
weeks of age. The first injection for Feline Leukemia should be
given at 12 weeks of age with a booster at 16 weeks. Feline
Infectious Virus (FIV) can also be given at this time. Both
vaccines are strongly recommended since these two diseases are
the two major causes of death in cats- and no treatment is
effective once the diseases are present. A booster of FIV will
then be required three weeks later. We highly recommend the
leukemia vaccinations since we know that the leukemia virus is
in the same family as the aids virus affecting people. Rabies
vaccinations should also be given at 16 weeks of age. Annuals
should be given once each year.
Internal Parasite Examination
A fecal examination should be done on the first visit to check
for intestinal worms and coccidia. Oral medication can be given
for ascarids (Roundworms) and hookworms. No diarrhea or vomiting
should occur as a result of this medication. You may see worms
looking like spaghetti in the stools during the next 24-48 hours
after the de-worming. Tapeworms require a specific type of
medication. Inform us if you see small, white segments
(rice-like) in the stools of your kitten. There is no test to
detect tapeworms- you must find the segments.
You can begin to apply flea control, such as Advantage or
Frontline, to your kitten when it is at least 8 weeks old. Talk
to a veterinarian before using any other insecticide. Avoid all
over-the-counter products. We have seen many reactions to these
products since cats are very sensitive to most insecticides.
Never use a product that is for both fleas and ticks, such as
Advantix, since it is lethal to your cat.
We prefer to spay and neuter at 5-9 months of age. However, we
can spay or neuter anytime after 5 months of age. Cats in heat
or pregnant can also be spayed.
Feed only high quality cat food. These foods are the most
nutritionally balanced foods that are available today. Stool
volume and odor will be greatly decreased. Feed only dry food.
Change water daily. Food may be moistened with water until three
months of age. For your kitten we recommend Hill's Science Diet