Got a new fur baby? Congratulations! Get ready for cold nose cuteness and all the snuggles. There’s a lot to take in and learn when you’re a new pet parent, and we’re here to help every step of the way. To help get you started, take a look at a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear from new pet parents:
When should my pet’s first vet visit be?
Ideally, you should try to get a new pet examined by a vet within the first 48 hours of them coming home—particularly if it’s a young puppy or kitten. This allows us to address any concerns right away and helps get things off on the right paw.
What can I expect at my pet’s first vet exam?
Besides copious amounts of kisses and cuddles, the vet will give your new pet a thorough exam from nose to tail. We recommend a fecal screening to check for parasites, so bring a fresh stool sample if you can. Your vet will share what they find on the exam, answer any questions, and give recommendations on health, diet, training, etc. Bring your questions!
How much food should I feed my puppy or kitten?
This can be a tricky one! Puppies and kittens need a diet that supports healthy growth and is appropriate for their breed and size. Your veterinarian can give you specifics on how much you should be feeding your new friend.
When should my puppy or kitten start their vaccines?
Vaccinations should begin at eight weeks of age, with boosters as needed every three to four weeks until your puppy or kitten is sixteen weeks old.
When can my puppy start being around other dogs?
Socialization is vital for puppies, but it needs to be done safely. Generally speaking, puppies should avoid other dogs until they are fully vaccinated, but supervised playdates with other pups who are healthy and current on their vaccines are okay. Ask your vet what’s best for your fur baby!
Should I spay or neuter my pet? At what age?
Getting your pets spayed or neutered isn’t just about population control, it also helps to keep them healthier and happier. Generally speaking, around five or six months of age is an appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet, but your veterinarian can help you decide when the right time is for your puppy or kitten.
At what age should I start training my puppy?
Training for things like basic commands and housebreaking can (and should) begin as soon as your new pup comes home! Kindness, consistency, and positive reinforcement are a must. Ask your veterinarian on how to get started!