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Some of the most exciting times are bringing home a new puppy or kitten. However, it is important to be responsible during this time especially because you are now devoted to this animal’s life. Here are some helpful tips to keep your new friend healthy and happy their first year at home.

Don’t wait; vaccinate
Your new puppy or kitten will require a series of vaccines to get her started on the right foot and prevent potentially deadly diseases. The day you bring your new pet home, call our office to schedule an appointment. And, bring her in just to say hi and get a treat from time to time! This will help her develop a positive feeling about visiting the vet.

Spay/neuter
According to the ASPCA, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year. And, spaying/neutering is much more than a way to combat the pet overpopulation problem; it’s also a safe and effective way to prevent many pet health and behavior issues.

Prevent preventable diseases
During your puppy or kitten’s first year, we’ll recommend that you start her on the appropriate preventive medications, like heartworm and flea/tick preventives.

Microchip
As simple as getting a vaccine, a microchip will greatly increase your pet’s chances of coming home safely if she’s ever lost.

Make healthy introductions
Introducing a new puppy or kitten to an existing pet can be tough, especially if the existing pet is accustomed to having the house and your affection all to herself. Before making introductions, take away any items your pet might feel protective of, like food dishes and favorite toys. Dogs should be introduced on neutral territory, such as a park. A new kitten can be placed in a room that your existing pet doesn’t go into often.

Train and socialize
Set your new pet up for success by properly training and socializing her from a young age. Pets are supposed to enhance our lives, and taking the necessary time for training early on will help you enjoy each other’s company for years to come.

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