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Schedule of veterinary care for cats and dogs.

Puppies and kittens should begin their veterinary care when they are 7-8 weeks old.  Below are general guidelines for their care.  Individual differences may affect your pet's needs.  Check with one of our veterinarians if you are not sure.  A series of vaccinations are necessary when your pets are young to ensure adequate protection, just like children require a series of DPT vaccines.

Dogs

7-8 weeks

 1st Distemper/Parvo Vaccination

 Check for intestinal parasites and deworm


10-11 weeks 2nd Distemper/Parvo Vaccination, 1st Bordetella Vaccination

13-14 weeks  3rd Distemper/Parvo Vaccination, 2nd Bordetella Vaccination, 1 year Rabies Vaccination, Start Heartworm Preventative and maintain monthly

5-6 months Spay or Neuter

Annually  Booster Vaccination for Distemper/Parvo, Bordetella, Intestinal parasite exam and heartworm exam. The Rabies vaccine is boostered at the one year exam and then every 3 years after that.  Heartworm Preventative should be maintained monthly yearround. Other vaccines to consider: Lyme Disease if tick exposure is a concern.


Cats

7-8 weeks  Check for Feline Leukemia infection if status of female parent unknown, 1st Feline Distemper Vaccination, Check for intestinal parasites and de-worm

10-11 weeks  2nd Feline Distemper Vaccination, 1st Feline Leukemia Vaccination

13-14 weeks 3rd Feline Distemper Vaccination, 2nd Feline Leukemia Vaccination, 1 year Rabies Vaccination

5-6 months Spay or Neuter

Annually  Booster Vaccination for Feline Distemper and Feline Leukemia.  The Rabies vaccine is boostered at the one year exam and then every 3 years after that. Other vaccines to consider: FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.