Here are a few questions we commonly get over the phone or during veterinary visits. If you have a question you don’t see here, just call us (402-228-3475) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
How old do puppies and kittens have to be to get their first shots?
We usually recommend that puppies and kittens be around 6 weeks old when they get their first vaccinations. This may be done with the original breeder and is usually done around 6-8 weeks of age.
The breeder said my puppy got all of his shots… why does he need more?
Puppies and kittens should get their first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age, so usually they’ve had one set when you acquire your little bundle of fuzzy love. However, puppies and kittens need a vaccination series, and to be truly protective, the last vaccination should be given at or after 14-16 weeks of age. These vaccinations are given about every 3-4 weeks (depends on manufacturer label). Since most puppies and kittens are rehomed around 6-8 weeks of age, they may be current *up to that point*, but almost no puppies and kittens have *all* of the necessary vaccinations done with the breeder or original owner. In the state of Nebraska, only a licensed veterinarian can vaccinate for rabies, and the rabies vaccination is only legal if given after 3 months of age. Therefore, if you got your new puppy or kitten before it was 3 months old, it definitely needs at least rabies and should also have at least one more vaccination of its puppy or kitten series, regardless of how many vaccinations it may have received while with the breeder or original owner.
How old should my puppy or kitten be to be fixed (spayed/neutered)?
We recommend that all puppies and kittens be a minimum of 2 lbs. prior to being spayed or neutered. For female dogs it is recommended that they be at least 4 months old. We generally recommend between 4-6 months of age for all puppy and kitten spays or neuters. We can do the surgeries when they are older, too, and we can accommodate breeders or other people who have litters of puppies and kittens who want to get them all “fixed” earlier prior to finding homes. (Ask about our litter discounts!) Female = spay (ovariohysterectomy) (can also be called neuter but uncommon) Male = neuter or castration (bilateral orchidectomy)