Puppies & Kittens: Who Doesn't Love 'em?

puppy & kitten care

Congratulations on becoming the new parent of a loveable puppy or kitten! One of our goals at Hefner Road Animal Hospital is to provide education to new pet parents to get their new puppy or kitten off to healthy, happy start in life.

Puppy Vaccinations

Regular vaccinations are important to make sure you puppy stays healthy. A typical puppy vaccine schedule is:

Feeding Orphaned Puppies

Socializing Your Puppy

Socializing your puppy is very important to his or her health. As a pet parent, it is your responsibility to help your puppy to be comfortable within human society. Well-socialized puppies usually develop into safer, more relaxed, and enjoyable pet dogs.


Here are some ideas:

Note: If your puppy is going to be around livestock, you want to introduce them to all the other animals they will be sharing space with.

Kitten Vaccinations

While similar to puppies, kittens are a little different. A typical kitten vaccine schedule is:

Feeding Orphaned Kittens

Newborn kittens may nurse about every 1 to 2 hours. Later in their development, feeding should be done as follows:

The Importance of Socializing Your Kitten

It is very important to begin to socialize kittens at the appropriate time. It helps them to be comfortable in their surroundings, making them healthier cats.

Socializing Timeline: