Puppy and Kitten Care

Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time for your family. Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic’s veterinarians can help you start your new puppy or kitten off right. 


Our vets recommend that you set up your pet’s first visit with us soon after adoption. It’s important to get your new pet set up with a good parasite and vaccination program as well as a thorough examination to assure your puppy or kitten is healthy and prepared to stay that way.


Starting puppy and kitten vaccinations and keeping them on a schedule is critical to protecting their fragile systems from the most common diseases.


  • 6–8 weeks
  • 10–12 weeks
    • Distemper booster—In order to build immunity, puppies receive another booster.
    • Bordetella booster—In order to build immunity, puppies receive another booster. They will receive this vaccination again at one year old.
    • Canine influenza—Dog flu is a respiratory infection similar to human influenza but is not caused by the same virus. We recommend vaccinating your dog due to the outbreak of infection in Pennsylvania.
  • After 12 weeks
    • Rabies—Rabies is typically spread through a bite wound and can jump across different species of animals including humans. The rabies vaccination will be administered again when your puppy is one year old. After that, it will be good for three years.
    • Lyme disease—This tick-borne disease has been on the rise in our area and recent estimates suggest that one in nine dogs are infected. In addition to the vaccination, Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic recommends that pet owners maintain a tick preventive plan.
    • Leptospirosis—This potentially fatal bacterial infection affects all of the dog’s body systems and can cause severe damage to internal organs.
  • 16–20 weeks
    • Distemper booster—One final puppy booster of the distemper combination is necessary to keep your puppy immune until he or she is one year old. The leptospirosis booster will be included in this version of the distemper combination.
    • Canine influenza booster—Puppies need a booster to build immunity against influenza. They will get this vaccination yearly after this booster.
    • Lyme disease booster—After this booster, your puppy will receive yearly Lyme vaccinations.


  • 6–8 weeks
  • 10–12 weeks
    • Distemper booster—In order to build immunity, kittens need a booster of the distemper vaccination.
  • After 12 weeks
    • Rabies—Rabies is a disease that affects the brain and central nervous system. The rabies vaccination will be administered again when your kitten is one year old. After that time, it will be good for three years.
    • Feline leukemia—As one of the most common causes of diagnosed illness and death in domestic cats, this disease attacks the cat’s immune system making him or her more susceptible to infections and diseases.
  • 14–18 weeks
    • Distemper booster—One final distemper booster is needed to protect your kitten until one year of age.
    • Leukemia booster—One final booster is needed for the leukemia vaccination to keep your kitten protected until one year of age.


Puppies and kittens eat or sniff at many things that can carry the eggs for internal parasites. Checking yearly for intestinal worms and administering necessary treatments is an important means for assuring your puppy or kitten will be able to absorb nutrients and grow from the food you provide.


Our vets usually recommend spaying or neutering at six months of age to both prevent unwanted pregnancies and to reduce the risk of other health problems. There are of course exceptions to that rule and our veterinarians will have an open discussion with you to decide on the best time to spay your neuter your particular dog or cat.

At Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic,  we will work with you to assure your pet’s health through their formative years and into adulthood.

Question? Send us a message and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible.
Puppy and Kitten Care