Are you about to bring home a new puppy or kitten and want them to grow into healthy and happy pets? Here are some suggestions to help you do just that.
Get a Pet Carrier
When you pick up your puppy or kitten for the first time you’ll need a pet carrier. An unrestrained puppy or kitten in your vehicle can be hazardous to you and them. Keep in mind they’ll be nervous, and a pet carrier lined with a towel will contain any possible mess. And, when it’s time for their veterinary visit they’ll travel and sit in the office safe and sound.
You should have a leash and collar with tags for the puppy and a collar with tags for kitty. Be sure to list your phone number and if you wish list our office number on the tag.
Food and water bowls should be small and stable so puppies and kittens don’t have to strain or climb to eat and drink.
House training is pretty straightforward for kittens. Just, set up a litter box on the other side of the room from the food. Set them in the box a few times, so they know what the litterbox is. Eventually, they figure it out.
On the other hand, puppies need to be house trained. Identifying when they need to go potty is important. They’ll sniff the ground to find a good spot or race around wildly. When you see this pick them up and take them outside. After they’ve done their duty praise them. Avoid using newspaper or other items to house train puppies. You are only reinforcing that it is OK to go in the house.
Make the House Safe
Have grooming brushes and bedding ready. Then, look around the house to move breakables and cords from puppy or kitty level. Cleaning supplies, motor oils, antifreezes and medications should be safely stored. Chewable toys for puppies and a scratch post for kitty are a good idea, but only a few toys make sense.
Book Your Appointment
Finally, after about eight weeks schedule an appointment for a complete physical examination for your new puppy or kitten. We’ll vaccinate, provide parasite prevention and examine their overall health to insure they grow into a healthy dog or cat. Should you wish, we provide microchipping to help locate your pet should they wander.