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Special Care for New Pets: Puppy & Kitten Care Plans for the First Year of Life


Puppies and kittens are entertaining, lovable, and such fun, but these new pets require special care. Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital takes time to get to know your new companions and has created a care plan to meet their specific needs.

Call our office to schedule new pets for their first visit as soon as you bring your puppy or kitten home.

Puppy & Kitten Exams

The initial puppy and kitten wellness exam is very important in getting a healthy start for your new family member. We perform a thorough nose-to-tail physical examination, identifying any internal or external parasite problems and congenital or developmental abnormalities.

Necessary vaccinations are performed at this time, and we give you the latest information about diet, training, and preventive care. During these wellness visits, we take extra time to discuss any and all questions you have about the care of your new pet. Ask us anything!

New Pet Care Schedule

This is a general schedule for basic puppy or kitten care. Of course, every pet is different and your puppy or kitten care plan may vary.

Kitten Schedule

8 weeks

  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis/ chlamydia/ panleukopenia/ calicivirus (FVRCP-Cv #1)
  • Stool exam/deworming
  • Feline leukemia and FIV Testing at first visit
  • Begin heartworm, flea prevention

12 weeks

  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis/chlamydia/ panleukopenia/calicivirus (FVRCP-Cv #2)
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #1
  • Stool exam/deworming

16 weeks

  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis/ chlamydia/ panleukopenia/ calicivirus (FVRCP-Cv #3)
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2
  • Rabbies Vaccine
  • Stool exam/deworming

6 months

  • Stool exam/ deworming (If needed)
  • Spay/neuter

Puppy Schedule

8 weeks

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus (DAP #1)
  • Bordetella/Parainfluenza
  • Stool exam, deworming
  • Begin heartworm, flea prevention

12 Weeks

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus (DAP #2)
  • Leptospirosis (L #1) (Optional)
  • Canine Influenza Virus (CIV #1)
  • Stool exam, dewormng

16 Weeks

  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus (DAP #3)
  • Leptospirosis (L #2) (Optional)
  • Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV #2)
  • Rabbies Vaccine
  • Stool exam, deworming

6 Months

  • Stool exam, deworming (if needed)
  • Spay/neuter

For more information about preventive care for your growing pet, visit our vaccinations page.

Spay & Neuter

We recommend that all puppies and kittens not intended for breeding be spayed or neutered at six months. This results in a healthier pet that will generally live longer and be a happier companion in your home. Learn more about the benefits of spay and neuter surgery.

Pets, Worms & Your Family

Dogs and cats are born with worms and should be dewormed at three weeks of age and after weaning. Kittens and puppies should be dewormed at least four times between seven and sixteen weeks of age and rechecked at the six month and one-year exam.

This intestinal parasite control program is the one recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), due to the incidence of hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. Under normal situations, it is rare for children to become infected with worms from animals. However, we strongly recommend good sanitation and parasite control to keep you family’s risk at a minimum.

Visit the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People website for more information and guidance on this topic.

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- Michael D.

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- Elizabeth G.

You folks are the best, thanks for taking such good care of our 4 legged children”

- Helen L.

THANK YOU to the doctors and staff at CV for being so caring and patient, with animals and humans!! :) We love u!!”

- Dantes and family!!

These guys are fantastic. The staff are so friendly and helpful, you couldn't want a better place to take your loved ones for care. I wish hospitals were this good!!!”

- Virginia C.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your care and concern. We are fortunate to have you.”

- Sparky & Martha

CVVH not only strives to provide the best medical care for your pets, but they also educate pet owners on how they can be proactive in creating a quality lifestyle for their pets."

- John C.

Thanks so much for the years of care & treatment for Buddy & Bruin. You and your staff are the best!"

- Chris L.