Toro Park Animal Hospital

Puppy Care & Kitten Care in Salinas, CA

Discover top-tier puppy and kitten veterinary care at Toro Park Animal Hospital in Salinas, CA. Our dedicated team provides comprehensive wellness services tailored to your young pet's needs.

Importance Of Puppy & Kitten Veterinary Care

Toro Park Animal Hospital - Puppy & Kitten Care

Puppies and kittens require special care and attention to ensure they grow up healthy and strong. Regular visits to the animal hospital are essential for monitoring their growth and development and detecting any potential health issues early on. Vaccinations are also a crucial part of puppy and kitten veterinary care, as they protect your pet from common diseases and illnesses. Additionally, visits allow your veterinarian to provide you with important information and advice on how to properly care for your new pet.

What To Expect At Your Pet's First Visit

Your puppy or kitten's first visit to the animal hospital will include a physical exam, vaccinations, and a discussion about their health and wellness.

  1. During the physical exam, our veterinarians will check your pet's overall health, including their weight, heart rate, and temperature. They will also examine their eyes, ears, and mouth to ensure everything is developing properly.
  2. After the physical exam, our veterinarian will administer any necessary vaccinations. These may include the distemper vaccine, rabies vaccine, and others depending on your pet's age and risk factors. Vaccinations are crucial for protecting your pet from serious diseases and should be kept up to date throughout their life.
  3. Finally, our veterinarian will discuss your pet's health and wellness with you. They can provide you with tips on nutrition, exercise, and grooming, as well as answer any questions you may have. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have and schedule future appointments for vaccinations and check-ups.

Vaccine Schedule For Puppies & Kittens

* These examples are just general guidelines; our veterinarians will adjust the schedule as needed.

Vaccine Schedule For Puppies

  • 8 weeks (about 2 months): Distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and parainfluenza
  • 10-12 weeks (about 3 months): Distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and rabies
  • 14-16 weeks (about 3 and a half months): Distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and rabies
  • 12-16 months: Distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and rabies (booster)

Vaccine Schedule For Kittens

  • 8 weeks (about 2 months): Feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia
  • 10-12 weeks (about 3 months): Feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia, and rabies
  • 14-16 weeks (about 3 and a half months): Feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia, and rabies
  • 12-16 months: Feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia, and rabies (booster)

What Are Parasites In Pets?

Parasites are organisms that live on or inside another organism, known as the host, and feed off them. In the case of pets, parasites can be found on their skin, in their fur, or inside their bodies. They can cause a range of health issues, from mild irritation to life-threatening diseases. Parasites can be transmitted to pets through contact with other infected animals, contaminated soil, or through ingestion of infected prey.

Why Is Parasite Protection Important For Puppies & Kittens?

Puppies and kittens are particularly vulnerable to parasites due to their underdeveloped immune systems. They are also more likely to come into contact with parasites as they explore their surroundings and interact with other animals. Parasites can cause a range of health issues in young pets, including anemia, diarrhea, and even death. Therefore, it is crucial to provide them with proper parasite protection to keep them healthy and happy.

Common Parasites In Puppies & Kittens

There are several types of parasites that can affect puppies and kittens. Some of the most common include:

  • Fleas: Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of animals. They can cause severe itching, skin irritation, and even anemia in young pets.
  • Ticks: Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that attach themselves to the skin of animals and feed on their blood. They can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Roundworms: Roundworms are intestinal parasites that can be transmitted to puppies and kittens through their mother's milk or through contact with contaminated soil. They can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss.
  • Hookworms: Hookworms are another type of intestinal parasite that can be transmitted to puppies and kittens through their mother's milk or through contact with contaminated soil. They can cause anemia, weight loss, and even death in severe cases.
  • Heartworms: Heartworms are transmitted through mosquito bites and can cause serious heart and lung problems in puppies and kittens.

Parasite Testing

Parasite testing is an essential part of parasite protection for puppies and kittens. It involves taking a small sample of your pet's feces or blood (depending on the test) and testing it for the presence of parasites. This should be done regularly, especially in young pets, as they are more susceptible to parasites.

When Should You Get Your Puppy Or Kitten Tested?

It is recommended to get your puppy or kitten tested for parasites at their first veterinary visit, which should occur within the first few weeks of bringing them home. After that, they should be tested at least once a year, or more frequently if they are at a higher risk for parasites.

FIV & FeLV In Cats

FIV and FeLV are both viruses that can weaken a cat's immune system, making them more susceptible to other illnesses and infections.

How Are FIV & FeLV Spread In Cats?

FIV and FeLV are both spread through bodily fluids, such as saliva, blood, and urine. This means that cats can become infected through bites from other infected cats, sharing food and water bowls, or grooming each other. Kittens can also become infected if their mother is infected during pregnancy or through nursing.

Why Is FIV & FeLV Testing Important?

FIV and FeLV can be difficult to detect in cats, as they may not show any symptoms for months or even years after being infected. However, early detection is crucial in managing these illnesses and preventing them from spreading to other cats. Testing your cat for FIV and FeLV can also help you make informed decisions about their care and treatment.


Toro Park Animal Hospital - Micropchipping

Microchipping is a simple and effective way to ensure that your pet can be identified if they ever get lost. A tiny microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under your pet’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades. This chip contains a unique identification number that can be scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter to reunite you with your pet.

Microchipping is a one-time procedure and can provide peace of mind for pet owners. It is also required by law in some states, including California.

Spaying & Neutering

Spaying is the surgical removal of a female animal's reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus. This procedure is also known as an ovariohysterectomy.

Neutering, also known as castration, is the surgical removal of a male animal's testicles.

When Is The Best Time To Spay Or Neuter Your Pet?

The ideal age for spaying or neutering your pet can vary depending on the animal's breed, size, and overall health. The decision to spay or neuter your pet should be made in consultation with our veterinary team, considering your pet's individual needs and circumstances.

More Tips For Puppy & Kitten Care

Toro Park Animal Hospital - Puppy & Kitten Care
  1. Grooming - Grooming is an essential part of puppy and kitten care. Regular brushing helps to remove loose fur and prevent matting, while also stimulating the skin and promoting healthy hair growth. It's also important to trim your pet's nails regularly to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort.
  2. Dental Care - Pets need regular dental care to maintain good oral health. It's important to start brushing your pet's teeth at a young age to get them used to the process. You can use a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste, or a soft-bristled human toothbrush and water. It's also a good idea to provide your pet with dental chews or toys to help keep their teeth clean and strong.
  3. Exercise and Playtime - Puppies and kittens are full of energy and need plenty of exercise and playtime to stay healthy and happy. Regular walks, play sessions, and interactive toys can help keep your pet physically and mentally stimulated.
  4. Socialization - Socialization is a crucial aspect of puppy and kitten care. It's important to expose your pet to a variety of people, animals, and environments from a young age to help them become well-adjusted and friendly pets.
  5. Proper Nutrition - A balanced and nutritious diet is essential for the health and wellness of your pet. It's important to choose high-quality pet food that is specifically formulated for puppies or kittens.

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