The Early Years

Congratulations on your new bundle of fur. It’s exciting having a puppy or kitten scrambling around the house and figuring out the ways of the world. It can also be stressful for you—and them! Young animals, like human babies, are susceptible to illnesses and conditions.

Early Prevention: Vaccinations and Parasite Control for New Pets

There’s a lot to be mindful of with puppy & kitten care especially in their first year to ensure they get the best start in life. Once you have them home, call and schedule a routine wellness check at the clinic/hospital.

Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated early and often; at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, and at 14-16 weeks. At this stage in their lives, little companions are more susceptible to gastrointestinal worms, and there are ticks and fleas to consider, so you’ll want a parasite control plan.

Building a Nutritional Foundation for Your Young Pet

Nutrition is also vital for puppies and kittens who have different dietary requirements than adults, they need extra calcium and energy for the development of their muscles, bones, and organs.

It’s important to ensure that your puppy or kitten’s diet includes sufficient levels of calcium. Inadequate intake during this critical growth period can lead to developmental issues such as rickets or other bone disorders.

Providing the right nutrition is key to helping puppies and kittens develop into healthy adult pets.

Please get in touch to make an appointment for your new addition today.

playful kitten and puppy sitting on tree stump