We recommend wellness exam and vaccinations to all puppies in our care. There are important steps to the development of a puppy, so regular visits allow us to monitor their growth and prevent illness.
We recommend wellness visits at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age. At these appointments, we will perform physical examinations and administer all core vaccines, as well as non-core vaccines depending on lifestyle. Please bring a fresh stool sample to each wellness appointment.
We strongly encourage you to avoid dog parks and boarding facilities until your puppy is fully vaccinated. By bringing your pup to dog friendly locations prior to the vaccines taking full effect, you could put them or other animals at risk of contracting disease. By bringing your puppy to our facilities, you make sure that they will grow up happy and healthy while preventing diseases and parasites.
For seasoned dog owners and new dog parents alike, ask any questions that you may have during your appointment. Our team at Fairview Heights and O’Fallon Animal Hospital are on your side and happy to help you as you adjust to life with a puppy. We can give advice on diet, training, behavior, and more.
Kittens also need wellness visits at the same intervals as puppies, which are 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age. We will perform many of the same tests and physical exams as we do on the puppies. Kittens also have core and non-core vaccines that are administered during these appointments.
For multi-cat households, we strongly recommend having kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV prior to introducing them to other cats in your home. We also highly recommend vaccinating your kitten against these diseases. It can be difficult introducing new cats into a household as cats tend to be territorial.
When introducing a kitten to cats in your household, take it slow. Let them smell each other through a door for a few days prior to letting them be in the same room. After a few days, you can place the kitten in a carrier and allow your other cats to see them through the carrier. If that goes well, you can let them interact with each other. This process can take a while, so be sure to not rush it. Cats are very sensitive to scents in the air, so we can recommend products that release calming pheromones that can aid in introducing cats to each other.
If you have any questions at all about introducing your kitten to a multi-cat household, do not hesitate to ask.
10208 Lincoln Trail
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
306 E. Highway 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269