Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Puppies and Kittens!
Getting a new puppy or kitten is exciting! Most new pet owners have many questions. From proper diet, housetraining, appropriate vaccinations, and other health concerns, your veterinarian can help you learn about each aspect of pet health care and design a program that fits your pet’s needs.
Expect your new puppy or kitten’s first veterinary visit to be slightly longer than a normal health exam. This first visit gives your veterinarian time to pass along important information about caring for your new family member and answer any questions you may have. It is important to bring in a fresh stool sample as well as any medical information that you have received from your breeder or shelter. Your pet will visit their veterinarian every 3 to 4 weeks until he or she is about 5 months old.
Regular Veterinary Visits will include vaccinations and de-worming according to a schedule determined by your veterinarian. Your pet’s lifestyle should be discussed and a recommendation made about the right vaccines for your kitten or puppy. At approximately 5-6 months of age, your puppy or kitten should be spayed or neutered and microchipped. After this visit, annual or bi-annual examinations along with vaccination boosters are needed.
Spaying and neutering— Spaying or neutering is recommended for most pets. Electing the procedure is not only socially responsible, it also provides many health benefits for your pet. For most pets, the best time to perform the spay or neuter procedure is when your pet is approximately 6 months old. For your pet’s safety and comfort, New Hartford Animal Hospital takes a multi-modal approach to safety and pain management during spay and neuter procedures. As an AAHA accredited hospital,our approach includes IV fluids throughout the procedure and recovery, preemptive and post operative pain management, vital sign monitoring and body temperature support, and a dedicated recovery technician who monitors and comforts your pet throughout their recovery. It is important to check with your veterinarian to see what their standard of care is for this important surgery.
Microchip—Microchip identification will help ensure that your puppy or kitten can find his or her way home if he or she is ever lost. We use and recommend the Home Again® microchip identification and registration. While microchips can be implanted anytime and do not require anesthesia, we often perform the service at the same time as the spay or neuter procedure.
By establishing a good relationship with your pet at an early age, your veterinarian will be able to create an individual plan for a lifetime of good health and happiness.