Puppy and Kitten Care

We Get You and Your Pet Off to the Right Start


Get Your Puppy and Kitten off to a Great Start at Chili Animal Care

Getting your puppy or kitten started on a regular, tailored check-up 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:


  • A Sturdy Pet Carrier — A pet carrier can prevent a stressed pet from creating a dangerous situation in a moving vehicle.
  • Dishes, Collars and Bedding — Make sure these items are suitable for your pet’s size and needs.
  • Safe and Appropriate Toys — When it comes to toys, be certain that toys are properly sized for your pet.

Puppies and kittens are curious and tend to wander. Each year, millions of pets go missing and are not returned home. A microchip installed at our clinic can help ensure that your pet will be found more quickly should he or she go missing.

Microchipping is a simple and painless procedure during which a chip the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades. The chip will remain for life. The microchip contains your name and information so that if your pet is lost, it can be scanned and returned to you. It has a unique identification number, which is added to a national pet registry.

Most veterinarians and animal shelters have devices for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and the microchip is scanned, the national registry is contacted so pets and their parents can be reunited. At Chili, we use the ResQ system.

Take a look at Ripley’s Story for an example of how microchipping is important.

Healthcare Services

Regardless of your young pet’s needs, we will provide first-class services to keep them healthy and playful. Some of the other services we provide are:

  • Nutrition
  • Dental and oral care
  • Vaccination and parasite prevention
  • Disease and illness screening
  • Wellness and preventative care
  • Spaying and neutering
Scheduling an Appointment

It is important to schedule your new pet’s first checkup as soon as possible. During this appointment we will perform a complete head-to-toe physical examination to check for any potential health care issues.

In addition, we will create a course of disease and parasite prevention protocols which we will tailor to your pet’s needs. We will also provide nutritional counseling and advice regarding socialization, behavior, and house training.

You will need to schedule several visits during your puppy or kitten’s first year of life to ensure they get proper monitoring, vaccinations, and preventative care. Here is a typical schedule for a puppy or kitten’s first year, though each pet is unique and your schedule will be tailored specifically to your pet.

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
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