Specialized puppy & kitten care at Johnson-McKee Animal Hospital Salisbury

Puppy & Kitten Care

Newly adopted puppies and kittens should visit Johnson-McKee Animal Hospital in Salisbury for a complete physical examination as soon as possible. The first step is to screen for fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or any other health problems to ensure that your new family member is healthy and that disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to parasitic infections that can threaten their health. Proper screening and preventive products can help protect them against intestinal worms, fleas and heartworm disease.

Juvenile pets also have immature immune systems which makes it difficult to fight off disease. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, vaccinations are the most effective preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet.

A visit to your veterinarian is imperative if you notice any of the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Excessive drinking and / or urination
  • Loss of appetite or lethargy
  • Behavior changes
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Skin lumps, bumps or irritation
  • Bad breath, plaque on teeth or bleeding gums
  • Ear odors, redness, scratching or head shaking
  • Trouble urinating or defecating


Important Animal Vaccines

Some of the most important vaccines for your young pet include:


  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Bordetella


  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis/Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus
  • Rabies

Additional vaccines may be necessary based on lifestyle (indoor or outdoor pet) and regional considerations. Finally, puppies and kittens are in a high growth stage therefore they require specially formulated food to meet their nutritional needs. Talk to your veterinarian at Johnson-McKee Animal Hospital about the best food for your pet.

New Puppy Care Information

Puppy - Recommendations for New Owners
Brushing Teeth in Dogs
Crate Training Your Puppy
Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Lyme Disease in Dogs
Microchipping your Dog
Neutering in Dogs
Spaying in Dogs
Vaccines for Dogs

New Kitten Care Information

Kitten - Recommendations for New Owners
Declawing Alternatives
Feline Leukemia Virus Disease Complex
Inappropriate Elimination Disorders in Cats
Indoor Cats vs. Outdoor Cats
Kitten - Using the Litter Box
Neutering in Cats
Ovariohysterectomy in Cats
Vaccines for Cats