Your New Puppy or Kitten Is Always Welcome

Bringing home a brand new pet is always exciting, but often can be overwhelming, too. We want to help you make the adjustment as easy as possible and get your new pet off to a healthy start in life.

Be sure to contact us to schedule a first checkup as soon as you bring your new pet home. When you visit, please bring any pet health records you may have received from the breeder or adoption facility, including any vaccination records. We will make sure your new pet gets a thorough checkup, complete with any necessary vaccinations so that your new pet is off to a healthy start. In the meantime, below are a few helpful tips to get you and your new family member off on the right paw.

Puppy Care

If you have just brought home a new puppy, please be sure to keep in mind the following:

  • Your puppy should be constantly supervised during his or her first few weeks.
  • When you can’t watch your puppy, confine him or her in a safe area, preferably in a crate.
  • Provide plenty of play toys, such as balls, rope bones, or rubber toys to keep your pet safe from items that should not be chewed on. AVOID rawhide chews, and watch your pet’s toys for damage. Take away any toys that are damaged or too small.
  • Avoid toys that resemble objects you don’t want your pet to chew on, such as socks or shoes.
  • Do not promote games such as tug of war, boxing, or games where play biting is allowed.

In general, encourage healthy behavior with lots of attention and supervision. Reward the positive behavior with treats and praise. Avoid physical punishment. Instead, use a firm voice and distract your puppy with an acceptable toy or game. For persistent problems, ask your veterinarian for help.

Kitten Care

Congratulations on your new kitten! Here are some helpful tips to introduce your kitten to his or her new home:

  • Show your kitten the litter box right away, as well as several times during the next few days.
  • Provide plenty of toys for your new, curious kitten. They love plain paper bags, cardboard boxes, and things that move, like bouncy toys.
  • Keep your kitten’s nails trimmed to prevent destructive scratching. Keep a scratching post handy.
  • Do not use your hands as a play toy since this can promote biting and scratching.