Perhaps the holidays brought a squiggly, warm ball of fur as a gift, or maybe you’re considering a new addition to the family at some point during the new year. Whatever the case, there are a few decisions you can make early in your beloved fur-friend’s life that can help build a healthy foundation for the many years you’ll spend together.
Here are a few basic suggestions to get you off on the right paw regarding medical care for the first six months of your puppy or kitten’s life, as well as some tips to make sure that happy rescue pet stays… well… happy and healthy!
In the first few days of acclimating your new addition to your home, take some time to go over any medical records provided by the shelter or breeder. If it’s all gibberish to you, don’t worry, your veterinarian will be happy to have a look at the information and assess what’s needed immediately and in the future for your pet. Keep in mind many young pups and kittens may have been started on their vaccination series, but not completed it. The same is often true of pets rescued from shelters. It is also important to determine if your pet needs treatment for parasites or other standard medical care.
A visit for Fluffy to your veterinarian should be scheduled within the first week of coming home. If Fido seems under the weather at all, clearly an appointment should be made sooner. Remember, the adjustment period for new pets of any age coming home can be quite stressful. Sometimes problems can crop up quickly and need immediate attention. Don’t hesitate to call your pet healthcare provider with questions even if they have not yet met your bundle of joy!
Okay, Doc, we’ve made the appointment, what should we expect?