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Puppy & Kitten Care With Your Lake Forest Animal Clinic Veterinarians

Start off on the right paw! Bring your new puppy or kitten into Lake Forest Animal Clinic for the first check up! Together we can help keep your new member of the family happy and healthy for life!

dog & kitten care
If you are the proud owner of a new puppy or kitten, your animal needs special care to grow healthy and strong. Our knowledgeable Lake Forest Animal Clinic veterinarians and team have years of experience providing expert pet care to animals of all ages. In fact, we pride ourselves in providing the best possible puppy and kitten care to your four legged family members.

Schedule Early Pet Care in Lake Forest

We recommend setting up an appointment for your puppy or kitten as soon as you bring your new pet home. During your first visit, we will take an in-depth history, perform a complete physical exam, and discuss pet nutrition, socialization, house training, and behavioral training. We will initiate disease and parasite prevention protocols as well as create a personalized vaccination schedule to meet the exact needs of your puppy or kitten. We want to partner with you to ensure your pet is in good health and starts down the fast track to a long and healthy life.

Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are essential to protect your pet against major infectious diseases. The vaccinations are given every 3 to 4 weeks in a series of three and usually begin around eight weeks of age and end around 16 weeks of age.

Dogs: Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo Virus, Bordetella, and Rabies.

Cats: Feline Viral Rinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Feline Leukemia (as kittens and for outdoor cats) and Rabies.

Our veterinarian will create an individual vaccination protocol that is effective, safe, and tailored to your pet's specific circumstances.

It is easy and affordable to follow the recommended puppy and kitten schedule at our low-cost Vaccine Clinic held every Saturday between 1 and 4 PM.

Intestinal Parasites 

Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet but it's also important for the health of your entire family. That is because some parasites are zoonotic, which means they can infect both animals and people. Common intestinal parasites in both dogs and cats include roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms, coccidia, and Giardia. Most of these intestinal parasites are not overtly visible in feces. Please bring in a fresh stool sample (that is less than 6 hours old) at the time of your first visit so that we can test for intestinal parasites by microscopic analysis in our laboratory.

Fleas & Ticks

It is wise to begin flea and tick control before you have a problem! Prevention is much easier than dealing with a flea or tick infested animal, home or yard. There are many safe effective treatments, both oral and topical, available through your veterinarian. We will help you choose the most effective treatment for your pet.

Heartworm Disease In Dogs

This deadly disease is carried by mosquitoes and is transmitted to your pet through a bite. We recommend annual Heartworm testing starting at six months of age and monthly Heartworm prevention.

Feline Leukemia Testing in Cats

We recommend a simple blood test for the Feline Leukemia virus in your kitten  at around 12 weeks of age.


Microchips are the only form of permanent pet identification. A microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice that is injected beneath your pet's skin. The microchip is registered to you, the owner, and will help with identification if your pet is ever lost.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet

We recommend this surgery be done at six months of age. Visit our SSN (Simply Spay or Neuter) program of OC for further details.

Contact Our Clinic Today

To set up your puppy or kitten's first pet care visit with our Lake Forest Animal Clinic veterinarian, please contact us today at 949-837-7660. Or book an appointment online!

Together, we can provide optimum health for the newest member of your family!

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