Puppy & Kitten Care

It is exciting to bring home a new puppy or kitten. Everyone spends a lot of time training and enjoying their new furry family member. It is essential to focus on puppy and kitten care from the moment you bring your new pet home. Schedule a pet exam with your veterinarian as soon as possible to make sure your pet is off to a healthy and happy start. Our veterinarians at Summit Dog and Cat Hospital in Summit, are dedicated to helping take care of your puppy or kitten with the highest quality of care.

Puppy & Kitten Care

What is Puppy and Kitten Care?

Puppies and kittens need to stay on top of their preventative care with a veterinarian. Vaccinations are an essential part of that care to help prevent diseases, some of which can be life-threatening. Vaccinations should start around six to eight weeks of age and be maintained by following a recommended vaccination schedule. Puppy and kitten care should also involve making sure your pet gets all of the proper and necessary nutrients in their food. Check with our veterinarians for the recommended food options for your pet’s breed and age.

Veterinarians Help with Puppy and Kitten Care

A veterinarian can help by providing your puppy or kitten with the care they need to grow and start a healthy life. Pet exams provide a baseline for a puppy or kitten’s health to ensure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations. During the routine pet exam, your veterinarian will run tests based on the pet’s breed, age, type, and medical history. Furthermore, your veterinarian can help with heartworm prevention and flea and tick treatments.

Puppy and Kitten Care Schedules

Keeping your pet healthy requires you to follow a suggested veterinary exam schedule for your puppy or kitten. Let’s look at a recommended puppy and kitten care schedule:

  • The first visit should be scheduled as soon as possible
  • Vaccinations at 6, 10, 12, and 20 weeks of age
  • Routine parasite checks (based on the vet’s recommendation)
  • Spay or neuter at six months of age
  • A routine pet care exam once per year

This is just a suggested schedule for puppy and kitten care. Check with our veterinarians for exactly when we would like to have your pet in for routine exams and vaccinations.

Schedule Your Next Pet Exam 

Are you bringing home a new puppy or kitten? Let our veterinarians at Summit Dog and Cat Hospital help you start your new puppy or kitten off on a healthy and happy path. If you reside in Summit or the surrounding areas of Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston, Edison, Chatham, Madison, Union, Westfield and Springfield, New Jersey,  call our team today at (908) 273-2200 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


Summit Dog & Cat Hospital


16 Morris Tpke,
Summit, NJ 07901

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