Puppies & Kittens:

Complete Care for New Pets

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Puppies and kittens are always welcome at SPORTSVET Animal Medical Center!  Getting your new youngster off to a healthy start is our primary goal. Please be certain to schedule your new pet for a veterinary exam with us as soon as possible; this is especially important if you have young children or other pets at home.

If you know your pet pick-up date in advance, we may be able to arrange your first visit to us at that time. This can help prevent the spread of external and internal parasites to your home and family. Visit the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People webpage for more information and guidance on preventing such problems in your home.

Puppy & Kitten Care

Puppies and kittens have differing needs based on their overall health and lifestyle.  As these young pets are so vulnerable, regular visits to the veterinarian are essential during the first six months of life. Preventive care, such as vaccines and parasite prevention, contributes to the pet’s happiness, general health, positive behavior, and the development of the human-animal bond.

This table offers a generic schedule for basic puppy or kitten care. When you bring your pet to us, we customize a vaccination and preventive care plan that addresses your specific needs. Visit our Pet Wellness page for more about vaccines.

Kitten Schedule
Age Vaccine Reccomendations
6–7 weeks
  • 1st feline viral rhinotracheitis/ calicivirus/panleukopenia (FVRCP)
  • Fecal exam & deworming
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea prevention
9–10 weeks
  • 2nd FVRCP
  • 1st feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV)
  • Fecal exam & deworming
12–13 weeks
  • 3rd FVRCP
  • 2nd FeLV
  • Fecal exam & deworming
15–16 weeks
  • 4th FVRCP
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Fecal exam & deworming
4–6 months
  • Spay or neuter
Puppy Schedule
Age Vaccine Reccomendations
6–7 weeks
  • 1st distemper/hepatitis/ parainfluenza/parvo virus (DHPP)
  • Fecal exam & deworming
  • Heartworm & flea prevention
9–10 weeks
  • 2nd DHPP
  • Bordetella vaccine
  • Fecal exam & dewormng
12–13 weeks
  • 3rd DHPP
  • Fecal exam & deworming
15–16 weeks
  • 4th DHPP
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Fecal exam & deworming
6–8 months
  • Spay or neuter

Spay & Neuter Your Pets

We recommend all puppies and kittens that are not intended for breeding be spayed or neutered at approximately six months. This routine procedure results in a healthier pet that will generally live longer and be a happier, more willing companion. Learn more about this simple surgical procedure on our veterinary surgery page.

Additional Resources

If you’re thinking about getting a puppy or have just brought one home, WebMD outlines what you need to know to give him or her the best possible start in life, including puppy training, feeding, and vaccinations.

Your new kitten deserves the best possible start in life. Learn about kitten nutrition, litter training, vaccinations, and more at WebMD’s Kitten Care Guide.

SportsVet Animal Medical Center was the best vet I have ever had. I live in Minneapolis now and not only are all of the vets very expensive, they do not really seem to care in the same way Dr. Jacobs did.

Nadine Frances Mercil

I’ve never seen a vet be so caring and compassionate to not only the animals, but the animals owners as well. We think so highly of Dr. Jacobs and his staff that we travel and hour and a half for all our vet needs.

Keri Robinson

SportsVet Animal Medical Center performed TPLO surgery on our 7 year old flat-coat retriever. We were very pleased with her care, Dr. Jacobs and his staff could not have been more thorough, professional, and friendly.

Vickie Hart

Thank you so much, Dr. Jacobs and staff, for helping little Duke regain use of his left leg (he suffered a grade 4 patellar luxation). We so appreciate your kind care, surgical skill and postop therapy.

Lila & Barry McCammon

Dr. Jacobs and his staff are AMAZING. Every time I called, which was often (multiple times a week), they were happy to speak with me. They even sent me video of her during her underwater treadmill therapy. 4.5 years later, while some of her other joints struggle, her knee is perfect.

Callie Cozzolino

Dixie had her TPLO surgery on Jan. 10th and went for her first water therapy yesterday. She is doing great. Getting stronger and using her leg more everyday. Everyone at SportsVet is soooo supportive and caring. Thank you again so much!!!!

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