Spoon River Animal Clinic

Puppy & Kitten Care

Do you have a new puppy or kitten? Congratulations! Your pet's first year of life is an exciting time, but also a crucial one in establishing life-long health. Spoon River Animal Clinic is here to support you in caring for your young pet.

Caring For Your New Puppy or Kitten

In addition to providing all the veterinary services your puppy or kitten needs, we use wellness visits as an opportunity to educate our clients on how to best care for their new pets at home. Even if you are an experienced pet owner and this is not your first puppy or kitten, every pet has different needs and every visit offers an opportunity to learn something new.

Here are our recommendations for puppies and kittens.

Spay/Neuter Procedure

While spays and neuters are considered surgical procedures, they are by far the most frequent and common surgeries performed by our veterinarians. As such, our entire team is trained on taking every precaution to keep pets safe and monitored before, throughout, and after surgery.

We will be able to provide you with a recommendation on the best time to spay or neuter your pet depending on age, breed, and physical condition. 

The benefits of spaying or neutering are significant. In addition to minimizing overpopulation, these procedures can protect against health problems such as certain cancers and infections. Generally, the effects of the procedure on a pet's demeanor are overwhelmingly positive, reducing unwanted behavior and breeding instinct, making them less likely to stray far from home, and having no impact on the pet's ability to play or learn. 

We will discuss this procedure during your pet's wellness visit at the appropriate age. 


Microchips help reunite thousands of pets with their families every year. At Spoon River Animal Clinic, we recommend all pets be microchipped. The procedure is simple - an identification microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, will be encoded with your contact information and implanted beneath your pet's skin.

Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners that can read these microchips and reunite you with your best friend. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery.

Join the Spoon River Animal Clinic Family Today!

We are conveniently located on N. Main Street by the Canton Econo Lodge.

Phone: 309-647-6800

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