Early life exams are done more frequently to assess the growth and health of the young pet. A physical exam is performed. Nutrition will be discussed, as it is essential to proper growth and development. A fecal exam (with or without Giardia) is an additional screening test that should be done once, preferably twice, during the puppy wellness visits. Vaccination against the most commonly fatal diseases are done in the early months. When puppies and kittens are born, their mothers pass on natural immunity to diseases. As they grow, the antibodies diminish. They require multiple vaccinations to keep the antibodies at a safe level, protecting them from disease. Depending on the age that your puppy/kitten starts their vaccinations, the veterinarian will determine how many they receive. We recommend that they start receiving the Distemper combo vaccine at 7-8 weeks. “Booster” vaccines are given every 2-4 weeks until 14-16 weeks of age. At 16 weeks of age, they can receive the Rabies vaccine. The Distemper combo and Rabies are core vaccines that are recommend for all pets, and Rabies is required by law. If there are any additional vaccines that may be appropriate, such as Lyme, Leptospirosis or Feline Leukemia, they will be discussed and then administered after all of the core vaccines are given. Flea and tick control and Heartworm prevention will be discussed.