Puppies and kittens require a bit of extra care as they grow into adults. If you are a puppy or kitten owner, contact our veterinarian, Dr. Gill, at South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel, CA. We offer puppy care and kitten care to make sure your pets grow up to have happy and healthy lives.
Introduce Your Pet Slowly
When you bring home a puppy or kitten, you will undoubtedly want to spend plenty of time with your new friend. This is encouraged; however, it is best to have your new pet remain in one room in your home for a few days. This will give him a chance to get used to his surroundings and the people around him. If you have other pets in your home, introductions should be held off until after your pet is accustomed to the room. You can then show your other pet the new addition from afar. Encourage your new puppy or kitten to venture into another room in your home. Allowing your pet to frequent just a small portion of your home will allow him to become familiar with his bearings so he does not get lost.
Keep Your Pet Happy and Safe
Your puppy or kitten will be curious during this stage of his life. Because of this, it is important to keep his surroundings as safe as possible. Get down to your pet's level to see if any safety hazards need to be removed. This includes sharp items, string, and chemicals. Take a trip to your local pet supply store or shop online to acquire some items that will keep your pet comfortable. This includes a food dish, watering bowl, toys, a leash for a puppy, or a litter box for a kitten. If you are unsure about what to feed your new pet, our veterinarian will make recommendations.
Bring Your Pet to Our Vet
It is important to have your pet checked for medical conditions as soon as possible. Our veterinarian will evaluate your pet's health and provide treatment as needed. A full examination is conducted during a first visit. This includes a discussion about preventative measures to keep your pet safe and healthy, such as vaccinations, spaying or neutering, microchipping, and parasite medication.
Call South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel for more puppy care and kitten care tips and to schedule your pet’s first examination. Our veterinarian, Dr. Gill, will answer any questions you may have about raising a healthy and happy dog or cat. Call us today at (949) 249-7777 to learn more.