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Since 1955

New Pet Care for Your Puppies & Kittens

Puppy & Kitten

We love puppies and kittens! Hillchester Animal Hospital is committed to giving your puppies and kittens the absolute best start in life.


New Pets: Start Them Off Right

A healthy puppy or kitten has the greatest chance of thriving in your home and growing up to be a well-loved member of your family. To ensure this, we meet the physical and behavioral needs of your young pet throughout the first year.

Even the healthiest puppies and kittens need to be seen by our veterinary staff within a few days of entering your home. This allows us to assess their health, address any concerns, and answer your questions. This also helps us to forge a special bond between your young pets and our staff, making future visits to the veterinarian a positive experience for everyone.

To encourage and support our new pet owners, we offer a free first exam for your new puppy or kitten. Simply download this certificate and bring it to your initial appointment:


The First Year

While all pets are unique and their veterinary needs may differ considerably, the following is a typical schedule of visits during the first year of life. At each of these visits, we complete a physical exam to identify any developmental issues or changes in overall health.

Expect us to spend extra time playing and cuddling your newest pet, to help socialize your young companion. Remember to bring a fresh stool sample and any paperwork from the breeder, shelter, or previous vet visits.

Kitten Health Care

7 Weeks:

  • FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
  • Stool exam/deworming
  • Feline leukemia testing
  • Begin parasite control

10 Weeks:

  • FVRCP #2
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #1 if needed, depending upon cat’s environment
  • Stool exam/deworming if needed

13 Weeks:

  • FVRCP #3
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2 if needed, depending upon cat’s environment

16 Weeks:

  • FVRCP#4
  • Rabies vaccine

6 Months:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping
Puppy Health Care

7 Weeks:

  • DHPPC#1 (distemper/hepatitis/parainfluenza/parvo virus/corona)
  • Stool exam/deworming
  • Begin parasite control

10 Weeks:

  • DHPPC #2
  • Stool exam/deworming if needed

13 Weeks:

  • DHLPPC #3 (with lepto)
  • Bordetella vaccine #1

16 Weeks:

  • DHLPPC #4
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Bordetella vaccine #2

6 Months:

  • Bordetella vaccine
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping
  • Heartworm and tick-borne disease testing
  • Stool exam/deworming if needed

View this video to learn about spaying and neutering pets.


Preventive Care Plans

Our Preventive Care Plans make it easier to meet your pet’s health care needs. These plans feature comprehensive wellness services with budget-friendly monthly payment options:

Preventive Care Plans Brochure (PDF)


Parasite Prevention

While not every puppy or kitten will require every preventive measure, we are diligent about protecting every new pet from the dangers of intestinal parasites. Pet parasite control is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), due to the incidence of hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. While it is somewhat uncommon, children can become infected with worms from their pets. We strongly recommend good sanitation and parasite control to keep you family’s risk at a minimum.

Visit the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People webpage for more information and guidance on this topic.


Learn More Online

Visit the official AVMA YouTube Channel for many helpful and enjoyable videos about caring for your new pet.

Your family will enjoy these informational slideshows from the Pet Health Center at WebMD:

Visit the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Pet Health Library for lots of information about raising a puppy and kitten: