Puppies & Kittens
Animal babies are just like human babies in that they are quite susceptible to virus and disease. Therefore, we want to get them vaccinated as soon as possible and as soon as they are ready. We do not start a course of vaccines, however, before a pet is ready.
Puppy vaccines are started between 7-8 weeks old, and kitten vaccines start 6-8 weeks old. Each vaccine needs to be boosted 2-3 times at 3-4 weeks apart for proper vaccine coverage.
At Crossroads Vet we understand that animal babies need different care than their older counterparts. Because of their size, they are much more susceptible to dehydration and other ailments. These conditions, which in older animals can cause discomfort, in young animals can actually cause death.
We suggest that you bring your new puppies and kittens in to see us within 48 hours. A full physical exam is needed as soon as possible. At the initial visit we establish a personalized schedule for vaccinations. Parasites are especially harmful to younger pets and can be present at birth. During that first exam we will assess the pet’s need for parasite control.
We want to be a part of your pet’s life from the start in order to keep them on the path to healthy and long life.