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PUPPY + KITTEN CARE - Best Friends Veterinary Hospital

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Have you welcomed a new puppy or kitten into the family? Congratulations! Animals make for great companions and are valuable additions to any household. At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Crossville, we always look forward to meeting a new puppy or kitten. Puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and that’s why we are here to help you care for the new addition to your family.


It is important to bring your puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail exam and to get them familiar with our veterinary hospital from a young age. There are numerous topics to be aware of and discuss, including vaccinations, nutrition, behavioral training, socialization, and much more. Call us today and we can give you all the information you need to care for your puppy or kitten.

We are so happy that you have found another member of your family, and we can’t wait to meet them! Unfortunately, puppy care and kitten care can be difficult, especially if you’ve never raised an animal before. The choices you make now could have a big impact on your companion’s future health and disposition. As a leading veterinarian in Crossville, we work with puppies and kittens all the time.

Our New Pet or Puppy and Kitten Care Includes:

You may have many questions about your new family member – we encourage you to ask us! As your partner in their health, we are here to help you feel informed and comfortable in all your decisions.

Key Puppy and Kitten Care Considerations

Caring for a puppy or kitten can be a lot of work. However, with proper planning, the job will be much easier for you and your family. Some key considerations include:

Outside of medical considerations, there are many other things to consider when it comes to a kitten and puppy care. For example, do you have a sturdy carrier? It’s going to come in handy. Likewise, when selecting food and water bowls, are they puppy and kitten-sized? Large bowls increase the risk of spills and even injuries.

How about toys? Puppies and kittens need to be stimulated and should get a lot of play and exercise. Still, the wrong toys could pose a danger to your young companion. That’s why we work with families in Crossville and Coookeville to make sure that they have everything needed to provide a safe environment for the new kitten or puppy.

We also urge that all new puppy and kitten owners engage in preventive medicine at an animal hospital. A healthy diet and other preventative measures will help ensure that your puppy or kitten leads a long life and could save you in medical bills later on down the road.

Vaccines for Your Pets

Your puppy or kitten should visit Best Friends Veterinary Hospital to receive their shots between 6 to 8 weeks old. All puppies should receive their core “DAPP” shots, which include: Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis or Adenovirus, Canine Parvovirus, and Canine Parainfluenza.

Kittens should get their FVRCP shots, which include: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis or herpes virus, Feline Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Both kittens and puppies should be vaccinated against rabies.

Working with Your Local Veterinarian for
the Best Care for Your Puppy or Kitten

Vaccines are one of the most important considerations for new puppies and kittens, but there are many more things to consider. Talk with the experts at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital to ensure that you know how to properly raise your puppy or kitten. Get off to a great start by scheduling a visit with Best Friends Veterinary Hospital today!