204 W. Granger Ave., Modesto, CA 95350
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Puppies & Kittens Get a Healthy Start: First Year Care

At Veterinary Medical Associates, we love puppies and kittens!

We help you and your new companions get off to a great start together at the first wellness visit. We develop a health plan that meets your unique pet care needs, now and at every stage of life: first year, adult dog or cat, and senior pet.

puppy and kitten care

Nutrition

High quality food is necessary for healthy growth and proper development in puppies and kittens. At each wellness visit, we evaluate your pet’s nutritional needs and create a personalized dietary plan for appropriate food and treats. Learn more about our nutritional program.

Play

Puppies and kittens require adequate socialization and playtime to develop a positive relationship with their human families. Poorly socialized pets can become shy or fearful and exhibit problem behaviors. Expose your young pet to a variety of people, places, and other animals in a safe and positive manner. We are pleased to recommend techniques and local sources for training your new pet.

Safety

Baby-proof your home! Provide a clean, dry area and soft bed for an unsupervised puppy, such as a gated room or crate. Kittens may be closed into a room that has been made safe. Since chewing is a concern, eliminate hazards from these areas and provide appropriate chew toys. Remove houseplants, chemicals, electrical cords, heaters, or other items. It is best not to leave young pets for long periods; if necessary, engage friends or family to look in on your young companion and offer play, comfort, and personal attention.

Spay & Neuter

We recommend all puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered at around six months of age. This surgical procedure results in a healthier, happier companion.

Disease Prevention

This puppy and kitten series is typical of first year preventive measures. We evaluate your pet’s specific health and lifestyle issues and develop a plan that addresses those concerns.

Kittens

7 Weeks

  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia (FVRCP #1)
  • Stool exam/deworming
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Begin flea prevention

10 Weeks

  • FVRCP #2
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #1
  • Stool exam/deworming

13 Weeks

  • FVRCP #3
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2
  • Stool exam/deworming

16 weeks

  • FVRCP#4
  • Rabies
  • Stool exam/deworming

6 Months

  • Stool exam/deworming
  • Spay or neuter

Puppies

7 Weeks

  • Distemper/hepatitis/parainfluenza/parvovirus (DHPP #1)
  • Bordetella vaccine #1
  • Stool exam/deworming
  • Begin flea and tick prevention

10 Weeks

  • DHPP #2
  • Bordetella vaccine #2
  • Stool exam/deworming

13 Weeks

  • DHPP #3
  • Stool exam/deworming

16 Weeks

  • DHPP #4
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Stool exam/deworming

6 Months

  • Stool exam/deworming
  • Bordetella vaccine
  • Spay or neuter
  • Heartworm test and preventive

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