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Puppy/Kitten Schedule Recommendations

Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital follows and recommends AAHA Life Stages Guidelines and the AAHA Vaccination Guideline to offer a comprehensive, individualized wellness plan for each stage in a cat and dog’s life. Whenever possible, we encourage clients to select a primary care veterinary practice and to choose a primary care veterinarian for each of their pets. By so doing, a strong relationship can be formed between the vet and the client. Please follow this guideline to provide optimized health for your pet.

**EVERY PET IS DIFFERENT – WE RECOMMEND THIS AS A GUIDELINE ONLY. DR. KLAPHEKE WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON YOUR PETS INDIVIDUAL NEEDS!**

 Neonate (birth – 9 weeks old)

1. Deworming (price varies) – The CDC recommend deworming every 2 weeks from 3-9 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months of age, even if the fecal analysis is negative.

 First Visit (6 weeks old)

 

Physical exam This includes “head to toe” exam examining the eyes, skin, heart, ears, lungs, body condition, dentistry, reproductive development,  congenital disease risk assessment, nutritional & behavioral consultation, travel advice, history and lifestyle to determine needed vaccinations, supplements and medication needs. 
Parasite evaluation We recommend bringing in a fecal sample (fresh is best!) 1-4 times a year.  This will help us determine which year round internal and external parasite control is needed for your pet. 
Deworming The CDC recommends deworming every kitten and puppy monthly until 6 months old.
Vaccinations We will evaluate risk assessment and use of non-core vaccinations as indicated.  We usually start with either DHPP vaccine for puppies and FVRCP vaccine for kittens.  We offer recombinant vaccines for our feline patients to decrease the chance of vaccine-induced sarcomas. 
Feline leukemia and FIV testing For any new kitten or cat, we recommend testing for leukemia and FIV during their first vet visit. 
Initiate routine care This is the time to get your pet used to teeth brushing (even though they have only baby teeth now!), toe-nail trims, ear cleaning, and, if needed, clipper sounds.
Start Pet Insurance This would be a great time to start a pet insurance program for your pet, prior to any pre-existing conditions.  We do not offer any insurance policies directly, but have company recommendations.


Second Visit (9 weeks old)

1. +/- Physical exam – see above or if there is a new problem an exam or recheck exam can be performed

2. +/- Parasite evaluation

3. Deworming The CDC recommends monthly deworming for all puppies and kittens until the age of 6 months old.

4. Vaccinations

a. For puppies we recommend the second DHPP +/- lepto and first bordetella vaccine.

b. For kittens we recommend the second FVRCP and first leukemia vaccine.

Third Visit (12 weeks old)

1. +/- Physical exam – see above or if there is a new problem and/or recheck can be performed

2. Parasite evaluation

3. Deworming The CDC recommends monthly deworming for all puppies and kittens until the age of 6 months old.

4. Vaccinations

a. For puppies we recommend the third DHPP +/- lepto and second bordetella vaccine

b. For kittens we recommend the third FVRCP and second leukemia.

Fourth Visit (15-16 weeks)

1. +/- Physical exam – see above or if there is a new problem and/or recheck can be performed

2. Parasite evaluation

3. Deworming The CDC recommends monthly deworming for all puppies and kittens until the age of 6 months old.

4. Vaccinations

a. For puppies we recommend the fourth DHPP +/- lepto and rabies vaccine

b. For kittens we recommend the fourth FVRCP and rabies vaccine

5. Pre-surgical bloodwork For puppies and kittens or any animal receiving anesthesia, recommend bloodwork to evaluate organ function (liver & kidney), CBC, glucose and protein level to assess risk for anesthesia. This should be performed a couple days prior to the procedure and a good time would be during their last vaccination visit.

Spay/Neuter (5-7 months)

1. We will go over an estimate that may include any hernia repairs, retained baby teeth, in-heat/pregnancy possibilities, and any other issues that may be foreseen.

2. Microchip/permanent identification – Safety of your pet is our priority. We recommend all pets be permanently identified with a microchip for illnesses, lost pets, or natural or human-caused disasters. We also recommend external identification in dogs with a tag.