Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life
At Illiana Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians are committed to helping your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. This is such an important time to make sure your pet is developing normally and receiving appropriate preventive care. Your veterinarian can also help answer your questions about proper nutrition, housebreaking, and basic care and training.
Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.
- Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
- Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of vaccines. Our core vaccines are Distemper-Parvo Complex Vaccines for puppies and Feline Distemper Complex Vaccines for kittens. Rabies Vaccine is given in both species after 16 weeks of age and is required by law in Illinois and Indiana. Your veterinarian may also recommend Bordetella, Lyme, or Leptospirosis Vaccine in puppies or Feline Leukemia Vaccine in kittens based on their lifestyle.
- Diagnostic Testing: A fecal examination is recommended in puppies and kittens to check for intestinal parasites. This is important to detect early so your pet may be treated before developing health problems or infecting other animals or humans. Feline viral testing (for Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Infectious Peritonitis) is recommended, if not previously done, in kittens.
- Parasite Prevention: Heartworm preventative is started in puppies. Depending on your pet's lifestyle, flea and tick preventative may also be recommended.
- Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.