Puppy and Kitten Wellness

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your life is not only exciting it can be overwhelming.  Cayuga Veterinary Services understands the human-animal bond and we are focused on providing high-quality pet health care to make sure that bond lasts a long time.  We highly recommend you begin your new pet’s wellness regimen as soon as you bring them home.  Our veterinary team will establish a customized wellness plan tailored to your new pet including appropriate vaccines, spaying or neutering, pet nutrition, pet dental evaluation, and parasite prevention.

Why Vaccinations are Necessary

If the mother is properly vaccinated, a puppy or kitten will initially receive disease protection through its mother, first inside the mother and then by drinking its mother’s milk.  This immunity does not last long therefore vaccinating your pet offers safe and effective protection from common, potentially life-threatening diseases. Your new pet will receive a minimum of three immunizations given in a series to protect against common diseases.  We recommend the vaccination series begins at approximately 8 weeks of age.  We will tailor a vaccination plan specific to your pet after a thorough risk-based lifestyle assessment.

 Puppy Vaccines

We recommend the following vaccines to maximize health benefits and reduce the most common risks for your puppy.  The core vaccines include:

  • DA2PPVL: Distemper, Adenovirus types 1 & 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis
  • Rabies Vaccine: required by New York State Law
  • Lyme Vaccine: a disease transmitted by ticks that is endemic to our area
  • Bordatella Vaccine: protects against what is commonly referred to as “kennel cough”

Kitten Vaccines

  • Vaccines that protect your kitten from potentially life-threatening diseases included:
  • FVRCP: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia
  • Rabies Vaccine: required by New York State Law
  • FeLv: Feline Leukemia

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

We highly recommend the spaying (ovariohysterectomy) of female puppies and kittens and the neutering (castration) of male puppies and kittens when they reach 6 months of age.  Performing the procedure prior to your pet reaching sexual maturity helps  to prevent the development unwanted behaviors and reduces the risk of reproductive organ diseases.

There are many health benefits for female pets including:

  • Reduced risk of breast cancer
  • Eliminates the risk of uterine infections and cancers
  • Eliminated the risk of ovarian cancers
  • Eliminates unwanted pregnancy.

There are many health benefits for male pets including:

  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  • Minimizes behavioral problems.

Spaying or neutering does not cause a change in your pet’s personality, intelligence, guarding instincts, or affection.

All of our veterinary surgeries follow our veterinary surgery procedure, which includes a complete physical exam and pre-anesthetic blood-work.  Both spayed and neutered pets are typically discharged the same day.

Puppy and Kitten Nutrition

During the growth stage of puppies and kittens special nutritional requirements are necessary.  Specialty growth stage formulas contain a higher amount of calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals important to their development.  We recommend feeding on a set schedule using the quantity listed on the bag as a guideline.  During your pet’s wellness visit our veterinary team can make more specific recommendations for your pet and their unique needs based upon breed and lifestyle.

Please contact us to schedule a puppy or kitten wellness exam and start your new pet off on with quality healthcare.