Puppy and Kitten Care

A Great Start to a Healthy Life


Helping Your Puppy and Kitten’s Health at Stone Ridge

Congratulations on your new family member! This is an enjoyable and important time in your lives. At Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital, we recommend puppies and kittens receive more frequent care to ensure healthy growth and development.

Our team will help with:


Puppies and kittens are curious and tend to wander. Each year, millions of pets go missing and are not returned home. A microchip installed at our clinic can help ensure that your pet will be found more quickly should they go missing.

Microchipping is a simple and painless procedure during which a chip the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin, between the shoulder blades. The chip will remain for life. The microchip contains your name and information so that if your pet is lost, it can be scanned and returned to you. It has a unique identification number, which is added to a national pet registry.

Most veterinarians and animal shelters have devices for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and the microchip is scanned, the national registry is contacted to reunite pets and their parents.

Kitten Behaviors

7-14 Weeks
Provide an outlet for your kitten’s natural scratching behavior (e.g., a cat tree) and note whether there’s a preference for a specific texture or orientation (horizontal or vertical).

Purchase high-quality kitten food and follow the serving guidelines.

Position a litter box or two in easily accessible areas. We recommend a minimum of one box per cat per floor. Scoop daily and clean weekly to ensure appropriate elimination behavior.

3-6 Months
Regular play times are important for proper growth and to develop your bond.

Avoid rough play and discourage inappropriate nipping/scratching.

Kitten Schedule

8 Weeks

  • FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV) #1 (non-core vaccine)
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Feline leukemia testing
  • Begin parasite prevention protocol
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Litter training guidance

12 weeks

  • FVRCP #2
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2
  • Stool exam and deworming

16 weeks

  • FVRCP#3
  • Rabies vaccine

6 months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping
Puppy Behaviors

Puppy Behaviors (8-12 weeks)

  • Puppy-proof your home. Provide lots of love, toys, and encouragement. Security and predictability are crucial.
  • Purchase a high-quality puppy food and follow the serving guidelines.
  • We recommend enrolling in a “puppy class” for controlled socialization with other pets and their owners.

Puppy Behaviors (12-16 weeks)

  • This is when your puppy discovers where he or she falls in the pack (your family). Your role is to become the pack leader.
  • Be consistent with rules and avoid games of dominance.
  • Reward all positive behaviors.
  • Consider starting a puppy obedience class.

Puppy Behaviors (5-18 months)
During this time, many of the behavior issues (urine marking, roaming, inter-species aggression, increased dominance) can be reduced or eliminated with spay/neuter surgery.
Energy levels are high, and mental and physical exercise play a large role in keeping your pet healthy and well-behaved.

Puppy Schedule

8 weeks

  • DHLPP #1
    (distemper/hepatitis/leptospirosis/parainfluenza/parvo virus)
  • Bordetella vaccine, if needed
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Begin heartworm prevention
  • Begin parasite prevention
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavioral training guidance

12 Weeks

  • DHLPP #2
  • Dental assessment

16 Weeks

  • DHLPP #3
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Rabies vaccine

6 Months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping
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