Puppy & Kitten Care

Caring Gardner Veterinarian for All Your Dog and Cat Care Needs

Our Veterinarian in Gardner, Dr. Tom Buckley, his colleague Dr. Larry Garten and the entire staff at Oakbrook Animal Hospital are all dedicated and passionate pet professionals. They are committed to providing quality, loving care and treatment to all of the animals that come through the doors of our clinic. We know that your pets are more than just companions -- they are valued members of your family. We pride ourselves on treating the pets in our care, and their owners, like extended members of our own families. From the baby stages to full grown cats and dogs, we want to ensure that you have the support and knowledge to give your pets the best possible chance of living a long, healthy life.

vet holding puppy and kitten

Puppy and Kitten Care: What They Need Most

Like any other babies, puppies and kittens have special needs that must be attended to during the early stages to help them begin to develop and grow properly. Some of the most immediate needs include:


A microchip, a small internal device, helps to ensure that you and your precious companion don’t get permanently separated. The tiny chip, which very small and easy to insert during an outpatient vet visit, contains all of the pet’s vitals, as well as your name and contact information. The microchip’s unique identifying number is added to a national pet registry, so if your pet is ever lost, the microchip can be scanned by most animal care facilities, and you will be contacted.

Spay & Neuter

One of the most important reasons to spay or neuter your pet is that it can potentially save their lives. For female pets, spaying them before their first heat helps to protect them from malignant tumors and breast infections. For males, neutering helps to prevent them from having prostate problems and getting testicular cancer. Spaying and neutering can also be very helpful in decreasing or eliminating behavioral issues in both male and female pets.


Puppies and kittens have very different dietary needs than full grown pets as their brains and bodies are still developing. Diets should also be customized to your pet’s specific breed, sized and particular health issues. Consult with a vet to help you develop the optimal diet and eating schedule for your pet.

Differences Between Puppy and Kitten Care

Our Olathe Veterinarian, who has also been providing care for pets in the Johnson County, Edgerton and Springhill communities for over 2 decades, is equally versed in both puppy and kitten care. While both types of animals thrive best when in a loving, safe environment, there are some aspects of pet care that may apply to just one or the other. For instance,

Kittens Need:

  • Some solitary, alone time and independence
  • Primarily a meat-based, protein-rich diet
  • A litter-box with which your pet will, with a little guidance, train himself to use
  • To groom and clean themselves regularly
  • FVRCP and FELV vaccines

While Puppies Need:

  • To be showered with love and attention as much as possible
  • Diets that contain both meat and plant-based foods
  • To be potty-trained as to when and where it is appropriate to relieve themselves
  • Regular baths and grooming by you or a pet professional
  • DHPP vaccines


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8:00 AM-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-5:30 PM


7:30 AM-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-6:00 PM


8:00 AM-12:30 PM

1:30 PM-5:30 PM


8:00 AM-12:00 PM