Puppies and Kittens

You have brought a wonderful little puppy or kitten into your home, and you will have years of fun and companionship ahead of you. Your new pet is playful and curious. As a caring pet owner, you have the responsibility to provide for all your young pet’s needs and West Eugene Animal Hospital is here to make the process easy for you.

First and foremost, puppies and kittens require lots of love and care. When you have chosen your new friend you’ll need to provide them with fresh water at all times and high-quality food. Your local pet store will have supplies such as an array of appropriate toys for kittens and puppies, collars and leashes, and bedding to make your pet comfortable. Playtime, personal attention, and daily exercise are also necessary to keep your pet healthy and happy.

First Veterinary Check-Up

A puppy or kitten should be scheduled for their first check-up soon after adoption. Call to make an appointment, and visit our New Clients page for more information. Pets usually receive their first vaccinations at this visit. Disease prevention is very important to the health of your new pet.

Puppies and kittens do best when traveling in an appropriate pet carrier. If a pet is unsecured in a moving vehicle they may become frightened or sick. If a carrier is unavailable and a passenger can hold the puppy or kitten, be sure they are on a leash or in a harness and are held securely. It is a good idea to keep a blanket or towel on your lap during the drive to comfort the animal and protect you if they struggle or become carsick. Never leave your pet alone in a car. They can become overheated or ill, and there may be serious consequences.

Your puppy or kitten may have fleas or other parasites. Parasite control is best handled by your veterinarian as over the counter medications are often unsuitable or ineffective for younger pets. Ask your vet at the first check-up how to prevent and control parasites.

Spayed and neutered animals live healthier, longer lives. Some forms of cancer, uterine infections, and prostate problems are less likely to occur in pets that have been spayed and neutered. You will also help reduce overcrowded shelters, unfortunate overpopulation, and euthanasia. When you spay or neuter your pet you help ensure that each animal has the chance to be a wanted pet.

Your veterinarian is a member of your team to keep your new pet healthy. Bring questions to each check-up, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you are concerned about your pet’s health.

Pet Proof your Home

Pet-proof your house or apartment before you bring your new pet home. A safe environment will help your pet thrive. Sit on the floor and look around your home. What dangers can your pet find? Insect traps, electrical cords, and other hazards should be removed or contained. Set aside a room for your young pet to stay at times when you can’t be home to supervise. This area should be supplied with fresh food, water and toys and be free from hazards.

It is safest to keep puppies and kittens indoors, yet time outdoors can also be fun and healthy for your pet, but always under supervision. Don’t leave your pet unattended even in secure yards. Chaining or tying your pet outside is unsafe, as your pet can choke or become tangled. Keep your pet on a leash during walks.

In return for all of this preparation, you will build a great relationship with your pet.

Important Cautions

Be careful what you feed your pet. Only appropriate pet foods are safe for animals to ingest. Certain “people foods” are extremely toxic to pets. Grapes and raisins cause kidney damage and failure in cats and dogs. Onions and beets cause anemia in dogs and cats that eat them.  Certain over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are also very toxic to dogs and cats. Acetaminophen , also known as Tylenol, can be harmful to dogs and deadly to cats. Be sure to ask your veterinarian about the safety of any “home remedies” or “people foods” before introducing them to your young pet.

Making Friends

If you already have a cat or dog, a new pet will need your help in building a good relationship with them. Special consideration must be given to your current pet when you choose to adopt another. A new animal entering the home may feel like a threat to your older pet, who may feel that her or his territory is being invaded. This is normal animal behavior. Both pets should be given time to adjust to each other. Be patient during introductions, and accept that it may take time for your pets to find their places in your household.

With care and thought, your pets can be the best of friends.

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