Puppy and Kitten Care

Getting a new puppy or kitten in the family is an exciting time. Not only are you welcoming a new addition, but you are setting your pet up for a lifetime of happiness and health. To give your new addition the absolute best puppy care or kitten care, it is important to start your pet out with a solid foundation. This can include giving your pet the right vaccinations, having your pet spayed or neutered, and understanding appropriate behavior for your pet. Below, the veterinarians at MountainView Veterinary Hospital in Rockaway, NJ, have put together some of the best practices for a new puppy or kitten.



Vaccinations are necessary to keep your puppy or kitten safe from known diseases that can be harmful to your pet. Typically, cats and dogs have what are known as core vaccines, as well as secondary vaccines. The core vaccines are necessary vaccines that should be administered at the bare minimum. As a young puppy or kitten, these vaccines typically are administered a few months apart until the animal is about four months old. As an adult, your cat or dog will still require vaccinations about every year or every three years for some vaccinations. Core vaccines for dogs include rabies, canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis, distemper, leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Secondary or lifestyle vaccines may include bordatella and canine influenza.

Core vaccines for cats include FVRCP (which stands for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia) and rabies.

Spay or Neuter

Spaying or neutering your pet is a way to help control the pet population and reduce the risk of dangerous diseases forming later in life. This procedure is a surgery that makes it impossible for your cat or dog to have kittens or puppies. The surgery itself is very quick and can be completed in only a matter of minutes. Many shelters and animal rescues require your animal to be spayed or neutered before adoption. This surgery can be performed on an animal at any age, but it is recommended for young kittens and puppies. 


Just as children act differently from adults, puppies and kittens will act differently compared to adult dogs and cats. It is important to understand this behavior, and if necessary, work to correct it. Young cats and dogs are constantly learning and can quickly learn new commands and routines around the home. For dogs, puppy obedience class is always recommended to have a well-mannered and courteous dog.

At MountainView Veterinary Hospital we care about your new puppy or kitten as if he or she were a member of our own family. We want your new addition to the family to have a great start in life. We are dedicated to helping you ensure a lifetime of happiness and well-being for your pet. Based out of Rockaway, NJ, our team is caring, professional, and experienced with puppy care and kitten care. To learn more about our animal hospital, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (973) 709-8958. Our veterinarians in Rockaway are always accepting new patients and we are eager to meet your new furry family member.

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