What to expect for a puppy/kitten visit

    Puppies and Kittens are going through a rapid growth phase of their life and many changes occur quickly over a short period of time. Additionally, the immune system is maturing and gradually gaining the ability to respond to immunizations and build immunity to disease. Given these special circumstances, it is important that a puppy or kitten be examined multiple times during the first 4-6 months of their life and receive regular vaccine boosters to develop full immunity. Depending upon the puppy or kitten's age, the below schedule may vary a little, but in general, the following is what you can expect:
At 6-8 weeks:
At 9-12 weeks:
A complete physical examination will be performed with screening for potential development issues.
Weight and vital signs will be taken and recorded.
A fecal sample will be submitted for evaluation for intestinal parasites.
Cats will be tested for Leukemia/FIV, if not completed yet.
First distemper immunization will be given (1st of 3).
Routine prophylactic deworming will be given.
Puppy/kitten kit will be given with free flea/heartworm preventatives and educational literature and gifts.
Any questions/concerns will be discussed and information about health topics will be discussed.
A complete physical examination will be performed with special attention paid to development and growth.
Weight and vital signs will be taken and recorded.
Second distemper immunization will be given (2nd of 3).
First rabies vaccine will be given if 12 weeks old or older
Outdoor cats will receive first Leukemia vaccination (1st of 2).
Dogs will receive first Lyme vaccination (1st of 2).
Any questions/concerns will be discussed and information about health topics will be discussed.
Spay/neuter will be discussed and possibly be scheduled with final vaccine boosters in 3-4 weeks, depending on age.
At 15-18 weeks:
A complete physical examination will be performed with special attention paid to development and growth.
Weight and vital signs will be taken and recorded.
Final distemper immunization will be given (3rd of 3).
First rabies vaccine will be given if not given yet.
Outdoor cats will receive Leukemia vaccination booster (2nd of 2).
Dogs will receive Lyme vaccination booster (2nd of 2).
Any questions/concerns will be discussed and information about health topics will be discussed.
Spay/neuter will be scheduled, if not done yet.
Refill heartworm and flea/tick medication