Puppies and kittens are adorable, but these young animals can also be difficult to take care of. Dr. Chaudhri and our team have gathered a few puppy and kitten care tips from Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton to make sure your new pet has everything it needs.
The Basics of Kitten and Puppy Care
Ideally, you should bring your new pet to the veterinarian’s office before you allow it into your home, especially if there are other animals in your household. Both puppies and kittens can be carriers of infectious diseases and parasites. A pet exam can confirm that your pet is healthy.
You will also want to take the time to get your home ready for your new family member. You will need to find the right food for your pet and take precautions to keep it safe. While most cats can use a litter box with no issues, you may need to put down puppy pads before your puppy is fully house trained.
Veterinary Care for Puppies and Kittens
Regular visits with a veterinarian are key during the first few months of an animal's life. Small animals like puppies and kittens are very vulnerable to disease, which is why your pet will have to receive vaccinations. Your pet should also be spayed or neutered during the first year of its life.
In addition to providing routine care, our veterinarian will be able to take your pet's vitals and check on its growth and development. When your pet receives the care it needs right from the start, it will be less likely to develop health problems later on in life.
Asking Questions and Receiving Guidance
If you haven't taken care of a kitten or puppy before, it can be a bit intimidating. That is why you should feel free to ask questions and ask for advice during your appointments. From finding the right food to figuring out how to train your pet, our veterinarian can give you the advice that you need.
You may want to make a list of questions before you bring your pet in for a visit. That way, you will have a chance to ask plenty of questions during your appointment. Make the most of these visits so that you are equipped to take great care of your pet.
Contact Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton
You can rely on Dr. Chaudhri at Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton for all of your pet care needs. If you are planning on bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home, schedule a pet exam with us as soon as possible. Call our team today at (925) 734-8387 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.