New Pet Care: Exams, Vaccines, and Parasite Prevention
for Your Puppies & Kittens

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The entire team at the Animal Clinic of Romeoville is dedicated to providing the best possible start for your puppies and kittens.

A Healthy Start for New Pets

We want your new puppies and kittens to be healthy and flourish in your family’s care. Therefore, we create a plan to meet the physical, behavioral, and emotional needs of your young pets until they reach adulthood.

Every young pet needs to be seen by one of our veterinarians upon entering your home. This provides us with the opportunity to become acquainted with our patient, assess overall health, address any immediate concerns, and answer your questions. The initial visit allows us to forge a bond with our newest patient, creating a positive experience today and at future visits.

To support you and your young companion, we offer a free first exam for your new healthy puppy or kitten. Call us to schedule this free exam.

Pet Care in the First Year

The needs of each pet vary, so veterinary health services vary, too. As a guide, however, we offer a sample schedule of puppy and kitten visits during the first year of life. Patients receive a complete and thorough physical exam during each of these visits, to diagnose any developmental concerns and to identify changes in health.

Our staff will cuddle and play with your new pet, to help with socialization and teach your young companion to trust us. Please bring a fresh stool sample and any paperwork from the shelter, breeder, or other veterinary clinic.

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

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

View this video to learn about spaying and neutering pets.

Parasite Prevention

We know every puppy and kitten needs protection from the dangers of intestinal parasites. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends specific measures for pets, for their health and to protect against hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. Because your family members can become infected with worms from your pets, we strongly recommend good sanitation and parasite control to minimize risk.

For guidance, we recommend you visit the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People webpage.

Learn More Online

The official AVMA YouTube Channel offers a variety of informative and fun videos about pet care.

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 information about raising puppies and kittens: