Adding a cute new member to your family can bring joy and excitement. To support a lifetime of health and safety, be sure to schedule a veterinary appointment with us as soon as possible after adopting your new puppy or kitten.
Before you bring your new puppy or kitten home, it is important to consider the environment they are entering. Will your other pets intimidate them? Do you have house plants that could be toxic if ingested? Where will they eat and sleep?
If your new pet is from an animal shelter, they might not be used to a home environment. Even puppies and kittens living in home environments with a breeder or foster parent, will still experience countless new sights and smells and for a baby animal, this can be a little overwhelming. Remember to give them ample time to be alone in a safe space and to rest.
For kittens, who are less social by nature than puppies, we recommend keeping them in a special room or area of your house that is quiet and away from hustle and bustle for a day or so before giving them free-reign. This will help them acclimate to their new environment.
Baby animals, just like baby humans, need to visit the doctor more often than adults. Their immune systems are not fully developed, leaving them at a greater risk of disease. Also, because they are a new addition to the family, you will want to learn about their general health and care.
During these initial visits, your veterinarian will help you accomplish the following items:
Puppies and kittens will need their core vaccines during a series of visits to help bring their immune systems up to speed.
Before receiving their vaccinations, the puppy or kitten should not be socialized with other animals for their safety and the safety of the other animals.
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