puppy and kitten cuddling together.

Congratulations on your decision to adopt a new puppy or kitten! These tiny bundles of fun bring big love to their new families, and the perfect way to return the affection is by treating your new puppy or kitten to a lifetime of good health.

At True Care Veterinary Hospital, we love meeting your new pets, and we encourage you to schedule a wellness exam as soon as possible so your pet can start off on the right paw! 

Puppy Care in Howell, NJ/Kitten Care in Howell, NJ

If you’re looking for the ideal vet for puppy or vet for kitten, True Care has you covered! At your pet’s initial visit, we’ll conduct a thorough physical exam, make sure your pet is free from external and internal parasites, and discuss a wide range of important topics, including:

Does My Puppy Need Shots?

Puppies need a series of vaccinations over the course of their first few months to set them up for a lifetime of good health. Your veterinarian will create a personalized vaccination schedule that best meets the needs of your puppy. Your puppy’s vaccination schedule could look something like this:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper and parvo (optional: Bordetella)
  • 10-12 weeks: DHPP for distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvo (optional: influenza, leptospirosis, Lyme, Bordetella)
  • 16-18 weeks: Rabies and DHPP
  • 12-16 months: Rabies and DHPP
  • Every 1-2 years: DHPP
  • Every 1-3 years: Rabies

Does My Cat Need Shots?

It’s important to make sure your new kitten has the appropriate vaccinations to protect against communicable diseases. At True Care, your vet will recommend only what is necessary depending on your cat’s individual needs. Your kitten’s vaccination schedule might look like this:

  • 6-8 weeks: FVRCP for feline rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia (strongly recommended: FeLV for feline leukemia)
  • 10-12 weeks: FVRCP, FeLV (highly recommended)
  • 14-16 weeks: FVRCP, rabies, FeLV (highly recommended)
  • 1 year: FVRCP booster, rabies booster

A Word on Dental Care

Without a doubt you’ve taken note of your kitten’s or puppy’s tiny toofers and marveled at how white they are. To keep them that way—and to ward off gum disease—it’s important to start caring for your pet’s pearly whites at a young age. Waiting until your pet shows signs of gum disease could put your pet at risk of serious illness. We’re happy to discuss ways to keep your pet’s mouth and teeth healthy for a lifetime!

True Care Veterinary Hospital: Your Vet for Puppy and Vet for Kitten

Caring for a new pet is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and regular wellness exams are an important part of any pet care routine. Contact us with any questions about your puppy or kitten or to schedule a visit.