Puppy & Kitten Care for Proper
Growth & Optimum Health


Puppies and kittens require special care for proper growth and healthy development. The veterinarians of Perinton Veterinary Hospital offer years of experience in caring for your youngest pets. Our progressive approach is all-inclusive, addressing your pet care needs from disease prevention to proper pet behavior.

Basic Pet Care Needs

Equipment for basic care should be obtained prior to bringing your new pet home.

Our team is happy to advise you in all of your basic pet care needs.

Health Care for Puppies & Kittens

Schedule an appointment for your puppy or kitten as soon as possible. A complete physical examination ensures your pet is in sound condition and excellent health.

During the first visit, we initiate disease and parasite prevention protocols that are tailored to your pet’s specific needs. We also provide recommendations for proper nutrition, socialization, house training, and behavioral issues.

Young pets require several visits during the first year of life, for monitoring and preventive care. A typical schedule for puppy or kitten visits is outlined here. Of course, your pet’s specifics may vary.

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


Every year, animals go missing and are never found again. Microchipping your puppy and kitten is a safe, simple way to avoid this tragedy.

Perinton Veterinary Hospital uses the ResQ microchip system. Learn more about the ResQ microchip.

On the Web

Visit the official AVMA YouTube Channel for many helpful videos regarding pet care.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Pet Health Library offers a range of information about raising pets:

Enjoy these informational slideshows from the Pet Health Center at WebMD: