It's an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it also comes with a lot of responsibility. As a pet owner, it is important to provide your furry friend with the best possible care to ensure their health and happiness.
First Vet Visit
The first step in caring for your new pet is to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. This initial visit is crucial for establishing a baseline for your pet's health and addressing any potential health concerns. During this visit, we will perform a physical exam, check for any underlying health issues, and provide you with important information on vaccinations, nutrition, and behavior.
Vaccinations are an essential part of your pet's wellness. They protect your pet from potentially life-threatening diseases and help to prevent the spread of these diseases to other animals. We will provide you with a vaccination schedule for your puppy or kitten. It is important to stay up to date on these vaccinations to ensure your pet's continued health.
Regular check-ups with your veterinarian are crucial for maintaining your pet's wellness. These visits allow us to monitor your pet's health and address any potential issues before they become serious. It is recommended to schedule a check-up at least once a year, but more frequent visits may be necessary for puppies and kittens.
By following these care tips and maintaining your pet's overall wellness, you can ensure that your new puppy or kitten has a happy and healthy life.
Spaying and Neutering
The Spay/Neuter Procedure is a simple and straightforward operation that has a profound impact on the health of your pet. Spaying (female) or neutering (male) your pet prevents them from reproducing, which in turn helps to control the homeless pet population. This routine procedure also eliminates the risk of testicular and ovarian cancer, and greatly reduces the likelihood of other hormone-related cancers. spaying before the first heat also greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer later in life.
In addition to the health benefits, spaying or neutering will improve your pet's behavior. Intact males are much more likely to mark their territory with urine and may become aggressive toward other animals. Females in heat can be extremely vocal, and are also more likely to roam, which puts them at risk for injury or disease. Spaying or neutering will not change your pet's basic personality but will help to make them happier and more content. We recommend spaying/neutering around 4-6 months of age.
Proper nutrition is crucial for your pet's overall wellness. We will recommend a high-quality diet that is specifically formulated for your puppy or kitten's age and breed. It is important to follow their recommendations and avoid giving your pet table scraps or human food, as this can lead to health issues and obesity.
Puppies and kittens can easily become infested with fleas and ticks, which can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even anemia. There are a variety of effective flea and tick control products available, so talk to your veterinarian about which one is right for your pet.
Just like humans, pets need regular exercise to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight. We will provide you with recommendations for the appropriate amount of exercise for your pet's age and breed. Regular exercise not only keeps your pet physically fit, but it also helps to prevent behavioral issues and promotes mental stimulation.
Dental care is often overlooked when it comes to pet wellness, but it is an important aspect of their overall health. We can provide you with tips for maintaining your pet's dental hygiene, such as brushing their teeth regularly and providing them with dental chews. Regular dental cleanings may also be recommended to prevent dental disease and other health issues.
Microchipping is a simple and permanent form of identification for your pet. It's quick, easy, and painless, and it could be the key to finding your lost pet.
A microchip is a tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted under the skin of your pet. The chip contains a unique ID number that can be read by a special scanner. If your pet is lost, any veterinarian or animal shelter can scan the microchip and contact you to return your pet home safely.
Microchipping is quick, easy, and relatively painless. The microchip is injected under the skin with a needle, similar to a routine vaccine injection. There is no need for anesthesia or sedation.
The microchip itself does not require any maintenance or care. It will remain safely under your pet's skin for their entire life.
If you have more than one cat in your household, it's important to take extra steps to prevent the spread of disease. All cats in the household should be up-to-date on their vaccinations and deworming, and any sick cats should be isolated from healthy cats.
The best way to keep your pet healthy is to see the vet regularly, we can help you create a health care plan that's right for your pet. Our team of experienced veterinarians and staff are passionate about providing the best possible care for your pet. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule an appointment.