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Get Your Puppy and Kitten off to a Great Start at Fairview Veterinary

Labrador Puppy

Getting your puppy or kitten started on a regular, tailored checkup routine will get your pet off to a great start in life. It is vital to keep your young pet on a schedule of exams so that you and your veterinarian can stay ahead of any health issues.

Basic Pet Care Needs

There are certain basic pet care needs that you should address before you even bring your new puppy or kitten home. These include:


Every year, millions of puppies and kittens go wandering and do not find their way home. Having a microchip implanted can help them return to you.

Microchipping is painless and easy. During the procedure, a chip the size of a grain of rice is placed under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades, where it remains for life. This microchip contains your name, contact information, and a unique number that is added to a national pet registry. If your pet goes missing and is found, the chip can be scanned and your pet returned home.

Most animal shelters and veterinarians have devices to detect and scan microchips. When a lost pet is found, the microchip is scanned and the national registry is contacted to reunite the pet and its parents. At Fairview, we use the ResQ microchip system.

For a story about how important microchipping is, take a look at Ripley’s Story.

Healthcare Services

Fairview Veterinary Hospital provides top-notch services to keep your young pet healthy and playful. Here are a few of the other services we provide:

Scheduling an Appointment

You should schedule your new pet’s initial checkup as soon as you can. When we meet you, we will perform a head-to-tail physical examination on your pet to look for any potential problems or healthcare issues.

We will then work up a schedule for disease and parasite prevention for your pet. We will also provide nutritional counseling and can advise you about socializing your pet and house training.

While each pet is unique, we will schedule your pet’s first visits specifically based on their needs. Here is a typical schedule for a puppy or kitten’s first year.

Kitten Schedule

8 Weeks

  • FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV) #1 (non-core vaccine)
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Feline leukemia testing
  • Begin parasite prevention protocol
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Litter training guidance

12 weeks

  • FVRCP #2
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2
  • Stool exam and deworming

16 weeks

  • FVRCP#3
  • Rabies vaccine

6 months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping

Puppy Schedule

8 weeks

  • DHLPP #1
    (distemper/hepatitis/leptospirosis/parainfluenza/parvo virus)
  • Bordetella vaccine, if needed
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Begin heartworm prevention
  • Begin parasite prevention
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavioral training guidance

12 Weeks

  • DHLPP #2
  • Dental assessment

16 Weeks

  • DHLPP #3
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Rabies vaccine

6 Months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping

On the Web

The official AVMA YouTube Channel provides great information on puppy and kitten care.

The AAHA Pet Health Library is another excellent resource for those raising young pets:

Finally, check out WebMD’s great Pet Health Center:

For more information about any of our services for young pets, take a look at our first-time visitors page and feel free to call us.

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