Puppy & Kitten Care: A Healthy Start

for New Pets

Congratulations on your puppy or kitten! Our goal is to help you and your new pet get a terrific start at a healthy, happy life together.

Extending your family by bringing a new pet into your home is a wonderful experience. But you may question that decision if your pet starts to urinate in the house, scratch at furniture, bark insistently, pull on a leash to the point of putting himself or others in danger, or not get along well with other animals.

Making the Right Pet Choice

Our professional team will work with you prior to bringing a new pet into your home to determine the right type and breed for your family. We will then help you be proactive in introducing your new pet into your home.

Our goal is always to prevent the problem rather than treat the problem. But if a problem arises with a pet you already have, or develops after the new pet is brought home, we will help you identify the root cause and what type of training will work best to correct the behavior.

A Healthy Start

Following are a few healthy tips to get you started with your new puppy or kitten.

Healthy home

All pets need a clean, safe environment with good nutrition, fresh water, exercise, and socialization. Young pets love to chew, so keep them away from anything that may be toxic or otherwise dangerous. Keep puppies and kittens inside with the family for safety until a bit older.

Healthy habits

We recommend scheduling an appointment with Northpark Animal Hospital as soon as you get your puppy or kitten. Healthy puppies and kittens should begin their vaccine series as soon as they are weaned, since they are no longer receiving antibodies from their mother’s milk. We recommend you not use over-the-counter parasite control for your puppy or kitten since it is often ineffective and can be harmful. Our veterinarian will develop a parasite control plan with you at this initial health check, which includes heartworm prevention.

Healthy social life

If you have other pets, a new youngster will need help getting acquainted. Keep stress levels low, introducing them gradually and with careful supervision. Contact us if you are concerned that your new pet is having trouble integrating successfully into your family. Early training is recommended for a young pet’s socialization, heading off problems before they start.

Healthy travel

For safety, always bring your puppy or kitten to appointments in an appropriate pet carrier. Secure the carrier so it will not slide or tumble in the vehicle, risking injury to your new pet. When not confined, always use a properly fitted collar and leash for your pet’s safety.

Healthy future

We recommend cats and small-medium breed dogs be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. Large breed dogs should be spayed or neutered at 9 months of age. This routine procedure offers many benefits to companion animals and their owners, such as:

  • Promotes health and longevity by preventing certain cancers, uterine infections, and prostate problems.
  • Reduces or eliminates many problem behaviors such as urine marking, aggression, and roaming.
  • Controls pet overpopulation, as many pets are euthanized simply because there is no room in shelters and no one adopts them.

Learn 5 million reasons to spay or neuter you pet— visit the Y2Spay website.

We welcome the newest member of your family, and encourage you to visit our client information page for forms, payment options, and other information about our practice.

Northpark Animal Hospital

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

~ Bern Williams

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.

~ Ellen Perry