Puppy/Kitten Care

Puppy Care

Vaccinations

  • Puppies need a parvo vaccine every 3 weeks starting at 4-6 weeks (when they are weaned from their mother) to achieve optimum immunity against this deadly disease. The last booster is typically given after they are 15 weeks old. For some breeds, we recommend extra boosters due to the likelihood of catching disease.
  • Rabies shots are given around 4 months old and are typically boostered yearly. Your dog is required by state law to be up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.
  • We recommend a DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) yearly to help prevent these diseases and their potential zoonoses (ability to transmit to people). 
  • Bordatella (commonly called “kennel cough” or “transmissible tracheobronchitis”) vaccinations are recommended based on your dog’s lifestyle (boarding, traveling, socialization, etc.).
  • Influenza vaccines (H3N2 and H3N8) are recommended based on your dog’s lifestyle as well. 

Heartworm Prevention

  • In Georgia, it is recommended that dogs remain on heartworm prevention year round. Until 6 months of age, monthly preventative is the only option after 6 months old, a 6-month injection is available. After a year old, a 12-month injection is available to prevent heartworms.

Parasite Prevention

  • Fleas and Ticks
    • Oral preventatives (Simparica and Bravecto) [by prescription only]
    • Topical drops (Advantage II)
    • Collars (Seresto)
  • Intestinal Parasites
    • Treatment depends on parasites found
    • Regular heartworm prevention helps control

Food

  • Puppies need special nutrition! We recommend these brands’ puppy formulas:
    • Science Diet
    • Royal Canin
    • Purina
    • Purina One
    • Purina Pro Plan
    • Iams
    • Eukanuba
  • Puppy diets need to be fed during their youth. Depending on your dog’s body condition, activity levels, breed, etc., we typically recommend them staying on a puppy formulation until they are a year old.

Socialization and Training

Kitten Care

Vaccinations

  • Kittens need vaccines every 3 weeks starting at 4-6 weeks (when they are weaned from their mother) to achieve immunity from life-threatening diseases (feline upper respiratory disease and feline leukemia). The last booster is given at over 12 weeks old. 
  • Rabies in cats is given at over 12 weeks old and boostered once yearly.

Parasite Prevention

  • Fleas and Ticks
    • Topical drops (Revolution Plus and Advantage II)
    • Collars (Seresto)
  • Intestinal Parasites
    • Regular use of prevention
    • Treatment depends on parasites found

Food

  • Young growing kittens also require special nutrition. We recommend these brands’ kitten formulas:
    • Science Diet
    • Royal Canin
    • Purina (Kitten Chow)
    • Purina One
    • Purina Pro Plan
    • Iams
    • Eukanuba
  • Kitten diets are to be fed while they are growing. Depending on your cat’s body condition, activity levels, etc., we typically recommend them staying on a kitten formula until they are a year old.

Litter Boxes

  • If you have an inside kitten, a litter box/tray is needed for when they use the restroom. Be sure to show them where it is when they are first introduced into your home. It may be best to keep it in a quiet, private area for optimal use.
  • Very young kittens tend to eat litter. This can lead to impactions in their intestines which can be deadly. Once this behavior stops, they can be switched to clumping litter if desired.