New Pet Owner Information
Welcome to the wonderful world of pet ownership! Whether you're a brand new pet parent or adopting another furry family member, we're thrilled to have you here. As you embark on this exciting journey, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to give your new pet the best possible care and start your life together on the right paw. From tips on vaccine schedules, training, and nutrition to advice on playtime and bonding, our new pet owner information page has everything you need to know to ensure a happy and healthy life for your beloved companion. So, grab your pet, and let's get started!
Services your pet will need in the first 12 months
Veterinary exam (first appointment, ongoing)
At our veterinary clinic, we believe that building a strong and trusting relationship with both you and your furry family member is crucial. That's why, during your pet's examination, we take the time to get to know you, your pet, and their unique lifestyle. Our thorough head-to-tail assessment ensures that your pet is in excellent health and any potential issues are identified early on. We encourage you to ask us any questions you may have, as we want to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in your pet's care.
Puppy and kitten vaccinations (week 8, 12, 16)
Early and proper vaccination is vital for your pet's lifelong health. Vaccines should be timed correctly to allow your pet's immune system to protect them as maternal immunity wanes. Keep your pet up-to-date with vaccinations to guard against potential health risks. Our veterinary clinic can provide a tailored vaccination schedule based on your pet's individual needs and lifestyle.
Dog and cat vaccinations (every 1-3 years)
Vaccines are crucial in protecting pets from common infectious diseases and building immunity against potential future exposures. They have saved millions of pets' lives and also protect humans from diseases transmitted by pets, such as rabies. Keeping your pet up-to-date on vaccinations safeguards their health and that of your family and community.
Dog and cat deworming (week 2 up to 6 months)
Regular deworming is vital to your pet's preventative healthcare program as intestinal parasites are common in cats and dogs, especially if they go outside. Parasites can cause digestive issues, deprive pets of essential nutrients and even transmit to other animals and humans. Our veterinarians will assess your pet's risk level and recommend a personalized deworming schedule to address their specific needs.
Dog and cat spaying & neutering (starting at 6 months)
Responsible pet ownership includes spaying or neutering your pet, as it can significantly reduce the risk of developing certain health and behavioral issues.
Dog and cat microchipping (anytime)
Microchipping your pet is highly recommended to ensure they can be identified if they become lost. A microchip provides a permanent form of identification that can help your pet find its way back to you, even if they escape its collar or slip out of the door. Our veterinary clinic offers microchip services at any time, although it's most commonly done during spaying or neutering procedures.
Dog and cat flea & tick prevention (year- round)
Bringing your pet in for an annual exam is crucial to receive a prescription for flea and tick prevention medication that can protect them from dangerous parasites. This is particularly important during the spring to fall season and for pets that travel frequently. Contact us to learn more about the significance of year-round parasite prevention.
Dog and cat diet (anytime)
Cats and dogs have specific dietary needs based on factors such as their age, lifestyle, and current state of health. While your pet may show interest in your food, it's important to provide them with a nutritionally balanced diet. Our veterinarians offer tailored nutrition advice to ensure your pet is properly nourished.
Health insurance and veterinary savings account
Adding a new pet to your family is a significant investment that requires careful consideration. Beyond routine check-ups and preventative care, it's essential to prepare for any unexpected emergencies that may arise. Our clinic suggests exploring health insurance options, like Trupanion, or opening a 'Veterinary Savings Account' to contribute to each month. Being financially prepared ensures that you can provide your pet with the care they need without added stress.
The importance of socializing puppies to human touch
Socializing puppies to human touch is crucial for their overall well-being. Handling and touching a puppy from a young age helps them build trust and confidence in their interactions with people. This early socialization can prevent future behavioral issues and help puppies feel comfortable with routine grooming, veterinary exams, and general handling. Train your puppies to be at ease with having their paws, ears, and tails handled, as well as with tooth brushing.
The importance of socializing your new puppy with other pets
Socializing your puppy is crucial for their development and helps them become well-adjusted adult dogs. It exposes them to new experiences and teaches them how to interact with humans and other dogs. However, it's important to only let them play with fully vaccinated pets, as puppies are still vulnerable to diseases. By socializing your puppy in a safe and controlled environment, you can help them develop important social skills and reduce the risk of behavioral problems later in life.
What to expect on your first and future appointments
As a new pet owner, it's essential to feel confident in your ability to care for your furry friend. Our team of experienced and compassionate veterinary professionals is here to answer any questions you may have and provide essential information to ensure your pet's well-being. We'll assess your pet's health and recommend necessary treatments, from their early days to their golden years. Count on us for all your pet's needs.
At our clinic, we strive to deliver top-quality care and exceptional service every time you visit us. Give us a call at 613-528-4246 to schedule an appointment and ensure that your furry friend receives the best care possible to lead a long and healthy life as your loyal companion.