Northside Veterinary Clinic

Healthy Life Cycle from Young to Old

Stage 1 - Puppy and Kitten

6 - 16 weeks of age

Recommendations

  • Initial vaccination series
  • Check for intestinal parasites
  • Heartworm prevention for puppies and possibly kittens
  • High-quality growth diet for proper development
  • Positive contact with other people and pets (critical for proper socialization)
  • Introduce home dental care
  • Beginning grooming so your pet to reduce anxiety later

Stage 2 - Young Adult

6 - 12 months for cats and small-breed dogs

12 - 18 months for large-breed dogs

Recommendations

  • Regular exercise to promote good body conditioning
  • Heartworm & tick-disease prevention and routine check-ups
  • Obedience training classes to help reinforce desirable behavior habits
  • Elective reproductive surgeries (spay or neuter) for pets not intended as breeding stock or show animals
  • Regular home dental care
  • Regular grooming to maintain your petís coat

Stage 3 - Mature Adult

2 - 8 years for cats and small-breed dogs

2 - 7 years for large-breed dogs

Recommendations

  • Regular grooming to maintain a healthy coat
  • Regular exercise to promote good body conditioning
  • Heartworm prevention, routine check-ups and booster vaccinations
  • Screening for common conditions in aging pets
  • Good quality maintenance diet to help avoid health risks
  • Regular home dental care
  • Professional dental care as needed

Stage 4 - Senior Adult

Over 6 -8 years for dogs, depending on the breed

Over 8 - 9 years for cats

Recommendations

  • Vaccinations up-to-date
  • Heartworm & tick-disease prevention and routine check-ups
  • Screening for common conditions in the older pet
  • Gradual adjustment to diet appropriate for senior animals
  • Regular home dental care
  • Professional dental care as needed
  • Regular grooming to maintain coat

Did you know? A cat's heart beats two times faster (between 140-220 times a minute) compared to a human heart, which beats 70-80 times a minute.

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