Fairview Heights Animal Clinic & Animal Hospital of O’Fallon

Puppy & Kitten Care

Puppies and kittens have unique veterinary needs so we can make sure they grow up into health adult pets. We offer wellness exams, microchipping, spay/neuter procedures, and vaccinations so your puppy or kitten gets everything they need while growing. With both puppies and kittens, we highly recommend starting a proper veterinary care from the moment you bring them home. Not only will this help with their physical health as they grow, but they will get more accustomed to going to our hospital which reduces anxiety as they get older.

Puppy Care

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.

Core vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus

Non-core vaccines:

  • Bordetella
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine Influenza

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.

Kitten Care

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.

Core vaccines:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Rhinotracheitis
  • Calicivirus

Non-core vaccines:

  • Feline Leukemia
  • FIV
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis

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.

Hours of Operation

Phone: 618-398-1530

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
Fairview Heights, IL location icon

Fairview Heights, IL

10208 Lincoln Trail

Fairview Heights, IL 62208


O'Fallon, IL location icon

O'Fallon, IL

306 E. Highway 50

O'Fallon, IL 62269


Hours of Operation

Phone: 618-632-6303

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed