The single most important thing you can do for your new puppy or kitten is keep them current on their vaccines for the first year of their lives. Distemper and parvo are 2 examples of highly contagious and sometimes fatal diseases that are easily contracted by unvaccinated puppies. Puppies and kittens are protected by moms milk for a period of time and then they are on their own. It varies widely how long these maternal antibodies protect so it is critical to begin vaccinating at 6 to 8 weeks of age and booster every 3 weeks until 4 months of age to ensure your young pet is protected. Our doctors always perform a thorough exam the first time these pets come in to check for birth defects and anything else than can be easily treated when caught early. Ask us today about our vaccine and exam schedule and bring in those cute little puppies and kittens for us to ooh and aww over.