Specialized puppy & kitten care at Quail Hollow Animal Hospital Wesley Chapel

Puppy & Kitten Care

Newly adopted puppies and kittens should visit Quail Hollow Animal Hospital in Wesley Chapel for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile pets also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet.

Puppies: Starting at 8 weeks of age

Core Vaccines:
Distemper Parvo Vaccine (DHPP) - is given every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age
Bordetella Vaccine- is given every 3-4 weeks until 12 weeks of age
Rabies Vaccine (RV)- is given as early as 16 weeks of age (Pasco Residents) OR 12 weeks of age (Hillsborough Residents)

Other Vaccines recommended due to your pet's environment:
Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV)- is given at 8 and 12 weeks of age
Lepto Vaccine- is given at 12 and 16 weeks of age
Lyme Vaccine- is given at 12 and 16 weeks of age

These vaccine schedules are a general guideline and can be manipulated at your doctor's digression.

Kittens: Starting at 8 weeks of age

Core Vaccines:
Feline Upper Respiratory Vaccine (FVRCP)- is given every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age Rabies Vaccine (RV)- is given as early as 16 weeks of age (Pasco Residents) OR 12 weeks of age (Hillsborough Residents)

Other Vaccines recommended due to your pet's environment:
Feline Leukemia Vaccine (FelV)- is given at 12 and 16 weeks of age

These vaccine schedules are a general guideline and can be manipulated at your doctor's digression.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and / or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Trouble urinating or defecating

 

Important Animal Vaccines

Some of the most important vaccines for your young pet include:

Dogs

  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Bordetella

Cats

  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor pet) and regional considerations. Finally, puppies and kittens are in a high growth stage therefore they require specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Talk to your veterinarian at Quail Hollow Animal Hospital about the best food for your pet.

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