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 have been extremely happy with all the docs in this group. Would highly recommend."—Lisa K. Old Saybrook, CT

"Not a fault to be had! Wonderful & caring staff! Your pet will be well cared for!!"

"Care is always knowledgeable and administered with compassion."—Marilyn S. Clinton, CT

"Everyone at this practice genuinely cares for every animal they see. I would not take my cat any place else. They provide consistent service and are knowledgeable and professional."—Elle MP, Westbrook, CT

"Clinton Veterinary Hospital is always so great with Lilly. They always make sure that she is given the best care. The doctors are so courteous and the staff is amazing. I trust them completely with her!!"—Andrea G, Clinton, CT

"I got a same day appt when I called in the morning. Dr Price found the cause and discussed treatment options. By the next morning my cat was his old self. Great staff!"—Paula H.

"Leni loves visiting Dr. Price, and I am always happy knowing she is receiving the best care possible. Thank you!"—Courtney B., Deep River, CT

"I love Clinton vet ! And feel that I am getting The best possible care. They are knowledgeable and very kind kind to my two Pomeranians."—Laura E., Clinton CT

"We have been clients for many years-since 1978. Over that time we have had 3 cats and 6 dogs that we have taken to Clinton Veterinary. They have always been wonderful to our pets and us. Dr Price has continued the wonderful care to our current dogs, Ralph and Dodger. They have a great support staff also-very caring."—Anne C. Guilford, CT

"Dr. Santelli has been wonderful helping us decode Kohl's allergies since we adopted him last month. We have not had experience with the immunotherapy injections we chose to treat with and she has always welcomed questions and has great feedback."—Jessica B.

"I am very happy with CVH and I especially like Dr. Santelli. She is great with my dogs and understands the rules and regs on getting dogs overseas and back. She is super!"—Maureen G. Lyme, CT

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-Guilford
Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine

Connect With Us:

(860) 669-5721