New Puppy & Kitten Health

We understand that bringing a new puppy or kitten into your life is exciting, but the details of your pet’s care can be overwhelming. Lower East Side Animal Hospital will partner with you for your new pet’s wellness and preventive care. We appreciate the bond you share with your pet, and we are focused on providing high quality pet health care and an exceptional client experience, while providing a comfortable, fear-free environment for your pet. During your pet’s wellness visit, we will create a customized wellness plan tailored to your new pet. The plan will consider appropriate vaccines, spaying or neutering, pet nutrition, pet dental evaluation, and parasite prevention.

Why Are Vaccinations Necessary

After birth, a puppy or a kitten will receive immunoglobulin through its mother’s milk, however this immunity does not last long. Vaccinating your pet offers safe and effective protection from potentially life-threatening diseases. Your new pet will receive a series of at least three immunizations against these common diseases beginning at approximately 8 weeks of age, and then follow up with boosters as needed. Puppies and kittens do not share the same health risk for all diseases, and we will design 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:

  • DA2PPV—Distemper, adenovirus types 1 and 2, parainfluenza, parvovirus
  • Rabies—Required by New York State law
  • Bordetella—Commonly referred to “kennel cough”

Our veterinary staff may recommend additional vaccinations depending on the lifestyle of your pet. These vaccines offer additional protection and include the following:

  • Lyme disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • H3N8 canine influenza

Kitten Vaccines

Kitten vaccines protect your pet from potential life-threatening diseases and include the following:

  • FVRCP—Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia
  • Rabies—Required by New York State law

Our veterinary staff may recommend additional vaccinations depending on the lifestyle of your pet. These vaccines offer additional protection and include the following:

  • FeLV (feline leukemia)

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

We highly recommend spaying (surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus) of female dogs and cats and castration (surgical removal of the testicles) of male dogs and cats when they reach 6 months of age, or before a female animal reaches its first heat cycle. Spaying or neutering does not cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness, affection, or weight.

There are many health benefits for female pets, such as:

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

There are many health benefits for male pets, such as:

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

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures requiring anesthesia and, therefore, follow our veterinary surgery protocol, which includes a complete physical exam, a pre-operative blood screening, and an electrocardiogram (ECG). Neutered pets are typically discharged the same day. Spayed pets require an overnight stay and are generally discharged the following day after a final post-operative examination.

Puppy & Kitten Nutrition

Puppies and kittens have additional pet nutritional requirements while they are in the growth stage. Growth-stage formulas contain a higher amount of calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals. We recommend feeding on a set schedule three times a day, using the quantity listed on the bag as a guideline. You may end up feeding up to 25% less or more depending on your pet’s lifestyle and activity level. During your pet’s wellness visit, our veterinary team can make more specific recommendations for your pet and his or her unique needs based on breed and lifestyle.

Please contact us to schedule a puppy or kitten wellness exam or so that we may answer any questions you have regarding your pet’s health.