Kitten and Puppy Care

posted: by: Taos Veterinary Clinic, P.C. Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

The most important thing you can do for your kitten or puppy is make sure they have the proper vaccinations. Here in Taos, puppies are especially susceptible to Parvovirus, and must be innoculated as soon as possible. In addition, we routinely do 2 rounds of deworming (3 weeks apart) for all kittens and puppies.

Vaccinations begin at 8 weeks:
  • RCPPN: Feline Distemper - every 3 weeks until 13 weeks; repeat yearly
  • Rabies: Given at 13 weeks; repeat yearly
  • FELV (optional) given to outdoor cats: Feline Leukemia - 2 vaccinations first year, repeat yearly. If's a kitten/cat FELV status is unknown, it is recommended to test for FELV prior to vaccination.
  • De-worming: 2 rounds of de-worming - 3 weeks apart
  • Spay/Neuter Age:  Males: 4-6 months.   Females: 6 months
Vaccinations begin at 6 weeks:
  • DHPPV: Canine Distemper/Parvo - every 3 weeks until 16-18 weeks; repeat yearly
  • Rabies: Given at 13 weeks; repeat yearly
  • De-worming: 2 rounds of deworming - 3 weeks apart
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough-optional): To be given if you plan on boarding your dog
  • Rattlesnake Vaccine (optional): 2-3 vaccinations first year; repeat yearly
  • Spay/Neuter Age: Males: 4-6 months, Females: 6 months
Pomeranian puppy