Help Your Puppy or Kitten Get Off to the Right Start

Puppy and Kitten Care

We want what you want: for your new puppies and kittens to be healthy and flourish so your family can be healthy and flourish. That’s why our puppy and kitten care involves servicing the physical, behavioral, and emotional needs of your young pets.

Every young pet should be brought to us for an initial visit. It allows us to bond with our newest patient and to establish his or her baseline health—a reference point for diagnosing and treating any future issues.

Call us to schedule this exam and learn about the cost-effective wellness and preventive care plans we offer.

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Pet Care in the First Year

What follows is a sample schedule for puppy and kitten visits during their first year of life. Patients receive a complete and thorough physical exam during each of these visits, too. At the initial appointment, our veterinarians and staff will discuss microchipping and spay/neuter options available.

Puppy Health Care

  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza): 8, 12, and 16 weeks
  • Rabies: 12 weeks
  • Lyme disease: 12 weeks or 16 weeks (with a booster shot one month later)

We recommend bordetella and influenza vaccines if a pet is being boarded with us or groomed by us. Leptospirosis vaccines are optional.

Kitten Health Care

  • FVRCP (Feline rhinotracheitis virus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia): 8, 12, and 16 weeks
  • Rabies: 12 weeks
  • FeLV/FIV (feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency): 12 weeks

For both dogs and cats, we check stool samples at 8 weeks to determine if there are any parasite problems that need to be addressed.

Parasite Prevention

Every puppy and kitten needs protection from fleas and ticks on the outside, and intestinal parasites on the inside.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends specific measures to protect against hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. Because your family members can become infected with worms from your pets (known as zoological infection), we strongly recommend a parasite control regimen.

Parasite control also involves the standard flea and tick preventives available by prescription and over the counter. During checkups, we can discuss which method of control is best for your pet.

Nutrition for Puppies and Kittens

Proper care for young pets does not only involve medicine. It involves nutrition, too. At our onsite pharmacy we offer a number of prescription and specially formulated foods for puppies and kittens that need special diets.

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“We think you guys are great!!! We are new puppy owners and have not had a dog before and are real novices. All of you — docs, technicians, front desk personnel — have been so patient and accommodating with us as we get used to Puff being a member of our family. It is really helpful and reassuring to know that you guys are there for Puff and us.”

“We just love Dr. Price! Her kind and calm demeanor immediately puts our Sophie at ease. She is a genuine “dog whisperer” and a valuable resource in maintaining our dog’s health.”

“Looking for the very best in veterinary care look no further; Clinton Veterinary Hospital offers the ultimate in veterinary expertise and a true love and compassion for every pet that comes through the door. They are a very caring group of people.”

“Have been going to the Clinton Veterinary Hospital for decades. Literally. They are knowledgeable, and treat you and your pet with respect and consideration.”

“I’ve been going to Clinton Vet for years now. Many cats have come and gone. Good times and bad. The staff there is so caring!!!!! Drs. The Best!!!!!!! Now, if only my own Dr. could be so caring!”

“I have been visiting the Clinton Veterinary Hospital for many years. I am happy to say that I’m always very happy. Dr Price is our vet and my husband and I are very happy with her. She takes the time and is patient with our pets. It means a lot to us. Thank you for being there for us.”

“For my little girl Jessie to be so excited when we arrive to go see the Doc or Tech is remarkable! Thank you for all your consideration and the pleasant atmosphere.”

“Dr Ciok is always friendly, helpful , knowledgeable and unhurried in the time he spends with us. We're very happy that he and Dr Price found CVH and stayed there.”

“Dr. Price and Dr. Ciok are wonderful Vets with broad knowledge, and genuine love and concern for our 2 cats. When both cats faced critical procedures and treatments they shared direct contact information should there be an urgent need.”

“In my 60 years of owning pets, I have never had such knowledgeable, up-to-date, compassionate, caring veterinarians. Our current four animals are receiving excellent care. I wouldn't go anywhere else!”

We Are Here for You, We Want to Hear From You:

Clinton Veterinary Hospital welcomes your calls and your face-to-face visits. We want you to be informed before, during, and after any interaction with us.

Clinton Veterinary Hospital

  • Monday – Friday
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Saturday
    8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    (Appointments begin at 9 a.m.)
  • Sunday

After Hours Emergencies

Clinton Veterinary Hospital sees emergencies Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. For emergencies during all other hours, please contact one of the facilities below:

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine
Ocean State Veterinary Specialists
Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center

Connect With Us:

(860) 669-5721