Bringing a puppy or kitten into your home can be incredibly exciting. To give your new pet the best possible start in life, you'll need to make sure it receives the attention and care that it needs. At South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel, CA, we provide kitten and puppy care that will help your pet thrive!
When to Visit a Veterinarian
You should schedule your pet's first veterinary exam as soon as possible. If you have other pets in your home, you may want to have your puppy or kitten looked at before you bring it home. That way, we can look for signs of infections or parasites.
Young animals are more vulnerable to illnesses, which is why vaccinations are essential. During your pet's first wellness check, we'll also weigh your pet and examine it closely. If your new pet has any health issues, we'll be able to provide treatment right away.
During your pet's first exam, you can also talk to the vet about spaying and neutering. Sterilization prevents pregnancy and can also give your pet protection from health problems. We'll help you find the right time to schedule a spay or neuter procedure.
Early vet visits are a great way to help your pet become comfortable with veterinary care. Your vet can also answer questions, suggest healthy pet foods, or provide advice. Make sure that your puppy or kitten has its first exam by the time it's eight weeks old.
Other Puppy and Kitten Care Tips
Puppies and kittens are curious, and that curiosity can get them into trouble! Pet-proofing your home can keep your new pet out of danger. Make sure that trash, electrical items, toxic houseplants, and other potential items are safely out of your pet's reach.
You'll also want to make sure that you're stocked up on supplies! In addition to food, your pet should have toys that will keep them entertained. It's a good idea to have your pet wear an ID tag, even if it will be staying indoors, and you may want to ask about microchipping as well.
Training is an important part of puppy care. While it can be tempting to give your puppy everything that it wants, obedience training can actually help your puppy feel comfortable and happy in its new home. Kittens don't need as much training as puppies do, but you can teach your cat simple commands!
Make an Appointment With a Veterinarian Today!
Don't wait to schedule your pet's first wellness exam. Bring your puppy or kitten to South Coast Veterinary Hospital in Laguna Niguel so that your pet can get everything it needs in the early stages of its life. Call our team today at (949) 249-7777 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.