Providing Quality Health Care for Puppies & Kittens

Puppy and Kitten Care

A new addition to the family is always exciting. Puppies and kittens are fun, playful, and very cute, but they also have different nutrition, vaccination, and training needs than adult pets. Our staff will work with you to create a routine that fits your lifestyle, while meeting the needs of your new pet.


A well-balanced diet is an important part of your new pet’s overall health. Hills Science Diet is specifically formulated to meet the dietary needs for puppies and kittens, ensuring they are getting the nutritional combination needed for healthy growth. Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic staff will work with you in determining when your pet is ready to transition to an adult diet.


Your pet should come in for his or her initial exam at around six weeks of age. Our extended appointment times allow our veterinarian to meet with you and develop a vaccination schedule that best meets your new family member’s needs. Your pet will receive boosters every three weeks, with the final set being administered at four months of age. We recognize how quickly your pet changes during this time, which is why we routinely schedule 30-minute appointments for follow-up boosters as well. Contact us to schedule your new pet’s appointment.

Preventive Care Plan

Intestinal worms, fleas, and ticks are very common in puppies and kittens. An initial deworming procedure and year-round parasite prevention are safe and easy ways to help keep your pet, and family, safe. Our staff will be pleased to assist you in selecting products to create a preventive care plan for your new pet.

Basic Pet Behavior

It’s common to have questions about your new pet’s behavior. We are happy to answer any questions you might have during your appointment. Our trained staff can provide suggestions on basic techniques that can assist you during this period. The Animal Behavioral Network is an informative site that comes highly recommended by our veterinarian.

“Dr. Yetter’s professional & compassionate care enabled us to have Lady as a member of our family for over 17 years. Through his knowledge, extensive research, and willingness to reach out, he provided Lady with a long quality life in spite of numerous health issues. We are eternally grateful.”

— Diane & Terry Svob

“Dr. Yetter and the staff at Prairie Ridge have given excellent care to my family of pets for about 20 years. I always feel comfortable asking questions and knowing I will get complete, caring answers. Dr. Yetter researches to find the best treatment options. My cats and dog are family to me, and we trust Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic.”

—Janis Blout

“We are so grateful for the hard work and extra research Dr. Yetter did for our Tansy-cat to find out why she wasn’t eating. If there is a time when your most precious friend is ill and you need to trust someone to care for them, Dr. Yetter is definitely that person! He went above and beyond to do everything he could to save our beautiful Tansy.”

— Tom & Bev Berberett

“My pets have been patients of Dr. Yetter and his great staff for many years, and I have always been grateful for their efficiency and helpfulness. Having good care right here in Havana is a big plus!”

— Jan McFarlin

“I began to bring in my labs into PRVC when I started working there, and was happy to have such a caring and knowledgeable doctor to take care of two of my best friends. It always amazes me just how much care goes into each and every animal, let alone the perseverance of Dr. Yetter and staff (I should call them family) in working out how to treat each and every problem.”

— Chris Johnson