Arden Animal Hospital

1823 Fulton Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825

(916)485-5412

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Puppy and Kitten Care

Welcoming a new furry addition to your family is a very exciting time but making sure all their healthcare needs are met can be confusing. For puppies and kittens, starting off on the right foot can go a long way making sure they have a healthy and happy life. Puppies and kittens should stay with their mother until they are 8 weeks old. Once they are this age, not only is it time for them to make the transition to your home, it's time to start their vaccines and deworming series.

Vaccines will allow your pet to continue to build immunity against deadly diseases. When these vaccines are first given, it is important that they are given with specific timing/schedule to properly build immunity. To better understand the diseases the vaccines help prevent, go to the Canine Vaccinations or Feline Vaccinations pages for a more in depth description of each disease.

Deworming is important because most young puppies and kittens are infested with intestinal parasites. Dogs and cats should be on a deworming medication every month for life to easily prevent illness caused by these parasites. We use a medication that will deworm for hookworms, whipworms, roundworms and heartworm. Once your puppy or kitten has grown above a certain weight group, we will send home six or 12 months of medication so you can continue their prevention from home. 

Below you will find the vaccine and deworming schedule recommended for puppies and kittens:

 Puppy Care

 Kitten Care

Age: 8 to 10 weeks

Physical Exam

DHPP vaccine (#1 of 3)

Deworm medication (#1 of 2)

Flea prevention


Age: 12 to 14 weeks

Physical Exam

DHPP vaccine (#2 of 3)

Deworm medication (#2 of 2)

Flea prevention


Age: 16 to 20 weeks

Physical Exam

DHPP 1 year vaccine (#3 of 3) 

Rabies 1 year vaccine

Intestinal Parasite Screening

Time to send home monthly Heartworm and Flea Prevention

 Age: 8 to 10 weeks

Physical Exam

FVRCP vaccine (#1 of 3)

Deworm medication (#1 of 2)

Flea prevention


Age: 12 to 14 weeks

Physical Exam

FVRCP vaccine (#2 of 3)

Deworm medication (#2 of 2)

Flea prevention

FELV/FIV Test

FELV vaccine (#1 of 2)


Age: 16 to 20 weeks

Physical Exam

FVRCP 1 year vaccine  (#3 of 3)

FELV 1 year vaccine (#2 of 2)

Rabies 1 year vaccine

Intestinal Parasite Screening

Time to send home monthly Heartworm and Flea Prevention