Basic Pet Care Needs
Equipment for basic care should be obtained prior to bringing your new pet home.
- A sturdy pet carrier is essential to any new puppy or kitten. Transporting an unrestrained pet can be hazardous. Many puppies and kittens are frightened in a moving vehicle and either hide or become frantic. Climbing around the pedals or jumping up around your face is dangerous to all passengers, and pets may injure themselves in the process. A carrier is also helpful if your new pet vomits, urinates, or defecates during transport, a common experience for nervous youngsters. Finally, for safety in the veterinary waiting room, it is always advisable to contain your pet.
- Water and food dishes, bedding, and collars should fit your young pet’s needs. For example, small and stable water and food dishes are preferred over large and deep bowls, even if you have chosen a large breed pet. Puppies and kittens need to eat and drink without having to strain, climb, or spill.
- Toys should be safe and appropriate for the current size and type of pet. Choose only one or two toys so as not to overwhelm your youngster, and be certain they meet safety standards.
Our team is happy to advise you on all of your basic pet care needs.
Health Care for Puppies & Kittens
Bring your puppy or kitten into ACT as soon as possible. A complete physical examination ensures your pet is in sound condition and excellent health.
During the first visit, we initiate disease and parasite prevention protocols that are tailored to your pet’s specific needs. We also provide recommendations for proper nutrition, socialization, house training, and behavioral issues.
Young pets require several visits during the first year of life, for monitoring and preventive care. A typical schedule for puppy or kitten visits is outlined here. Of course, your pet’s specifics may vary.
Every year, animals go missing and are never found again. Microchipping your puppy and kitten is a safe, simple way to avoid this tragedy.
On the Web
Visit the official AVMA YouTube Channel for many helpful videos regarding pet care.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Pet Health Library offers a range of information about raising pets:
Enjoy these informational slideshows from the Pet Health Center at WebMD: