Puppy and Kitten Care

two puppies on Bowman Road

Puppy and Kitten Care for Appropriate Growth and Ideal Health

Just like infants, puppies and kittens require special care to ensure their health and proper development. The Bowman Road Animal Clinic has decades of experience in caring for your young pets and can help guide you in the creation of an appropriate care plan for their size, breed, and specific health issues. Our approach to puppy and kitten care is proactive and comprehensive. We want to make sure your fur baby has all of their healthcare needs fully met – from disease prevention to diet, we’re here to answer all of your pet owner questions.


Basic Pet Care Equipment 

We know that sometimes adoption is an impulse decision – sometimes you just fall in love at first sight! But when possible, it’s best to be prepared ahead of time so the newest addition to the family will be as comfortable and safe as possible. 

Pet Carrier

Puppies and kittens are especially fragile, and they need to be transported with care! Traveling with an unrestrained pet in the car can be hazardous for everyone – the last thing you want is your scared pet to leap into your lap while you’re driving or knock into the gear shift! 

Carriers are also extremely useful for containing accidents. It’s very common for puppies to get car sick and for scared cats to mark their territory. You want to ensure that any vomit, feces, or urine ends up in an easily cleanable area rather than on your car’s upholstery. 

Daily Living Supplies

Exactly what you need for your new puppy or kitten will depend on their breed and your living situation, but there are general supplies that every new pet will need:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Bedding 
  • Collars and name tags with identifying information
  • Leash and harness for puppy
  • Training treats
  • Food 


There are thousands of toys available for puppies and kittens in pet stores and online. But not all toys are safe for your new little pet. Make sure that all toys are appropriate and safe for the size and type pet. You only need a few at a time, so choose two or three high-quality toys. More may overwhelm your young friend.  

Health Care for Puppies and Kittens

As soon as you decide to adopt a new kitten or puppy, schedule a check-up with your vet as soon as possible. Even if you get your pet from a reputable foster group, it’s best to get your new puppy or kitten a complete physical. This ensures that nothing was missed, that they haven’t developed any health problems since the last time they visited the vet (if ever), and sets a baseline for their health so you and your vet can more easily pinpoint and monitor and changes.  

During your pet’s first visit to Bowman Road Animal Clinic, we make sure that they have the appropriate vaccinations and preventative treatments for their age and help you develop a schedule for further vaccinations, boosters, and checkups as they age. We’re also happy to provide recommendations for socialization, proper nutrition, house training, or any behavioral issues you’re concerned about.

Puppy and Kitten Care Schedules

The exact schedule for your puppy or kitten’s health will vary depending on their age, condition, breed, etc. But generally, the care schedules are as follows. 

Kitten Care Schedule 

8 Weeks

  • FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
  • Feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV) #1 (non-core vaccine)
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Feline leukemia testing
  • Begin parasite prevention protocol
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Litter training guidance

12 weeks

  • FVRCP #2
  • Feline leukemia vaccine #2
  • Stool exam and deworming

16 weeks

  • FVRCP#3
  • Rabies vaccine

6 months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping

Puppy Care Schedule

8 weeks

  • DHLPP #1
  • (distemper/hepatitis/leptospirosis/parainfluenza/parvo virus)
  • Bordetella vaccine, if needed
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Begin heartworm prevention
  • Begin parasite prevention
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavioral training guidance

12 Weeks

  • DHLPP #2
  • Dental assessment

16 Weeks

  • DHLPP #3
  • Stool exam and deworming
  • Rabies vaccine

6 Months

  • Stool exam and deworming, if needed
  • Spay/neuter
  • Microchipping


MON-FRI | 7:30AM-5:30PM
SAT | 8:00AM-12:00PM
SUN | Closed


1308 S Bowman Rd, Suite 7
Little Rock, AR 72211

(501) 223-3737


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