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Puppy and Kitten Care

Getting a puppy or kitten is embarking on a great new adventure. To make sure it lasts a long time, follow these puppy and kitten care tips from Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton in Pleasanton, CA.

Get Your Pet Vaccinated

All puppies and dogs are legally required to have the rabies vaccine in California. Although cats are not required, a rabies vaccine may be needed for pet boarding facilities or pet hotels. Vaccines are a cost-effective and proven way to protect your pet from the most common diseases in the country. When you bring your puppy or kitten to your veterinarian for its first pet care exam, set up a vaccination schedule.

Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Many pet care studies have come out showing that spayed and neutered dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives than those left entire. Spayed and neutered pets are also less aggressive and less prone to escaping the home. Additionally, you will never have to worry about finding good homes for the babies.

Start Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

Most dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. Periodontal disease can also harm your pet’s inner organs, particularly the heart. Start getting your pet used to having its teeth brushed now to avoid illness, tooth loss, and bad breath. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth.

Find an Emergency Vet

The time to find a veterinary clinic that operates 24/7 is before an emergency happens. Ask your vet if they do emergency services and, if not, where the closest emergency clinics are.

Get Your Pet Microchipped

It’s very easy for puppies and kittens to get lost. A microchip is the best way to improve your odds of getting your pet back home. Microchips usually last for the life of your pet.

We Know You Have Questions

Life with a puppy or kitten means you learn something new every day. Still, you are going to have plenty of questions about puppy and kitten care. If you live in the Pleasanton, CA, area, contact Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton at (925) 734-8387 to make an appointment today.

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