Puppy and Kitten Care with our Del Mar Veterinarian
If you have just brought a new furry friend home, you might be overwhelmed by the care that it needs. However, veterinary care is very important for every puppy and kitten to get off to a good start in life. Luckily, at All Creatures Hospital in CA, we know that new pets can be overwhelming and we can help you through the process.
Wellness Check and Vaccinations
All puppies and kittens should have a wellness check as soon as possible after you bring them home. This enables us to catch any issues that he or she may have, and get started with preventative care on time. When you visit us, bring your pet's health records so that we can see if he or she is due for a vaccination or deworming.
Puppies should receive the DHPP vaccine, which protects against several serious diseases including distemper and parvovirus. Kittens should receive the FVRCP vaccine. Both puppies and kittens receive these vaccinations as a series, given every 3-4 weeks starting at 6 to 8 weeks old. Usually, a rabies vaccine is given along with the final vaccine in the series, at around 16 weeks old.
In order to prevent future problems, puppies and kittens should be dewormed and started on a flea and tick control program. Puppies and kittens can be spayed or neutered as early as 8 weeks old, so the initial visit is a great time to discuss when might be the right time for your pet. We highly recommend that all animals not intended for breeding be spayed or neutered.
Puppies and kittens should be maintained on the food they are used to eating at first. If you wish to change this food, it is important to do so slowly over a period of a week or more so as not to cause an upset tummy. Our veterinarian in Del Mar can help you choose a high-quality food to provide for your pet.
Training and Socialization
Socialization is the process of exposing your pet to lots of different things while they are young so that they view these things as ordinary when they are older. Although medical concerns are more immediate, training and socialization are incredibly important for your pet's future. Most pets that are relinquished to shelters or euthanized for behavior reasons were under socialized.
Exposing your new pet to as many different, safe experiences as possible in a positive way will help prepare them for life. A few treats and some happy talk go a long ways toward helping a scared pet make a new association. Remember to keep them away from areas where possibly unvaccinated animals gather, though. We can provide recommendations for local trainers and classes for puppies as young as 8 weeks of age.
Veterinary care is essential but it's not always cheap. Luckily, there is pet insurance now. Pet insurance covers a great many things, though they do vary depending by insurer. However, almost all of them exclude pre-existing conditions, which is the most important reason to sign your pet up early.
Celebrate Your New Pet with All Creatures Hospital
We want your pet to get off to the very best possible start in life, and we are here to offer advice and treatment to help make that happen. If you have a new puppy or kitten, call us today to make an appointment with our veterinarian in Del Mar. All Creatures Hospital in CA can be reached at (858) 481-7992.