Puppy and Kitten Care

Getting Your New Pet off to a Great Start


Get Your Puppy and Kitten off to a Great Start at Canandaigua Veterinary

Congratulations on your new family member! Raising a puppy or kitten is fun, exciting, and a BIG job. Remember, there are no stupid questions when it comes to raising your new pet, and our team is here to help.

Basic Pet Care Needs

In general, we recommend the following for every puppy or kitten:

  • Physical exams
    Young pets should receive multiple exams in the first year of life. These initial assessments allow us to gauge their overall health and to administer vaccines and other necessary treatments.
  • Vaccinations
    All pets should receive a series of vaccines when they’re young due to underdeveloped immune systems.
  • Diagnostic testing
    Because all puppies and kittens are born with worms, we recommend regular testing in the early stages of life so we can quickly identify the appropriate treatment for your pet.

Our staff will discuss other services that may be appropriate such as spaying/neutering, special diet considerations, and behavioral training/socialization.

Kitten Schedule

8 Weeks

  • FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV) #1 (non-core vaccine)
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Feline leukemia testing
  • Begin parasite prevention protocol
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Litter training guidance

12 weeks

  • FVRCP #2
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2
  • Stool exam and deworming

16 weeks

  • FVRCP#3
  • Rabies vaccine

6 months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping
Puppy Schedule

8 weeks

  • DHLPP #1
    (distemper/hepatitis/leptospirosis/parainfluenza/parvo virus)
  • Bordetella vaccine, if needed
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Begin heartworm prevention
  • Begin parasite prevention
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavioral training guidance

12 Weeks

  • DHLPP #2
  • Dental assessment

16 Weeks

  • DHLPP #3
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Rabies vaccine

6 Months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping

Puppies and kittens are curious and tend to wander. Each year, millions of pets go missing and are not returned home. A microchip installed at our clinic can help ensure that your pet will be found more quickly should he or she go missing.

Microchipping is a simple and painless procedure during which a chip the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades. The chip will remain for life. The microchip contains your name and information so that if your pet is lost, it can be scanned and returned to you. It has a unique identification number, which is added to a national pet registry.

Most veterinarians and animal shelters have devices for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and the microchip is scanned, the national registry is contacted so pets and their parents can be reunited. At Canandaigua we use the ResQ system.

Take a look at Ripley’s Story for an example of how microchipping is important.

Basic Pet Care Needs

Basic care supplies should be obtained prior to bringing your new puppy or kitten home. Here are some suggestions:

  • A sturdy pet carrier is essential. Transporting an unrestrained pet can be hazardous, and many puppies and kittens are frightened when riding in a moving vehicle. It’s also advisable to contain your pet while in the veterinary waiting room.
  • All water and food dishes, bedding, and collars should fit your young pet’s needs. For example, small and stable water and food dishes are preferred, even if you have a large breed pet. Puppies and kittens need to be able to eat and drink without having to strain or climb over anything.
  • Toys should be safe and appropriate for the current size and breed of your cat or dog. Choose only one or two toys so as not to overwhelm him or her and be certain they meet safety standards.
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