New Puppy or Kitten

Congratulations on this addition to your family! One of the first things you should do when you bring your new pet home is to

introduce them

to us – your veterinary care team. Puppy and kitten visits offer a unique opportunity to get you and your new pet off on the right foot! Your puppy or kitten visit will include a full “nose-to-tail” physical examination. We will look for any signs of illness and make sure that your new pet is in good health.

Puppy Care Tips

Kitten Care Tips

Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Depending on the breed and age of your pet, your veterinarian will suggest a plan on when it is most beneficial to fix them. We will commonly discuss this during their final puppy/kitten exam, but if you have any questions or concerns before then, we are more than happy to answer!

How do I potty train my puppy?

HOW DO I SET A POTTY TRAINING SCHEDULE?

  • First thing in the morning
  • Last thing at night
  • After spending time in a crate
  • Upon waking up from a nap
  • After eating or drinking
  • Time between potty brakes
    should be no more than 2-4 hours 

HOW DO I CRATE TRAIN MY PUPPY?

  • Dogs like clean “home” areas and are less likely to have accidents
  • Place crate near exterior door for quick relief
  • The crate should be big enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lay down

WHEN SHOULD I REINFORCE GOOD BEHAVIOR?

  • Don’t scold your puppy for having an accident
  • Praise them for doing the right thing
  • Reward them with treats, pats, and attention

How do I get my puppy to stop bad behavior?

WHAT CAN MY PUPPY CHEW ON?

  • Chewing is a calming mechanism for puppies
  • Keep chewing toys around the house; when they start to chew on toys instead of household objects, give them praise 

HOW DO I STOP MY PUPPY FROM BARKING?

  • Scolding your puppy when they bark can make it worse; instead, ignore barking and praise quiet
  • Training your dog to sit helps them fight impulsive barking when they want something 

HOW DO I STOP MY PUPPY FROM BEGGING AT THE TABLE?

  • Feed them first before you eat
  • Create a cozy “go-to” spot near the table where they can be comfortable
  • Praise them with treats when they don’t beg 

How do I feed my puppy?

HOW OFTEN DO I FEED MY PUPPY?

  • 6-12 weeks: 4x a day
  • 3-6 months: 3x a day
  • 6-12 months: 2x a day
  • After a year: 2 half portions a day
  • Watch your puppy to gauge if they are eating healthy 

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I FEED MY PUPPY? 

  • Look for AAFCO guidelines
  • Look for age and health specific formulas
  • Ask your vet for tailored recommendations 

WHAT ARE HARMFUL FOODS FOR PUPPIES?

  • Dairy, chocolate, grapes, and sugary foods, snacks, or desserts

What do I need to do to prepare for a kitten?

WHAT THINGS SHOULD I  BUY FOR A KITTEN?

  • Scratch posts (helps preserve furniture!) 
  • Litter boxes, cat carriers, and food and water bowls 
  • Stain and odor remover 

WHAT SHOULD I MOVE OUT OF THE WAY?

  • Toxic plants
  • Cleaners and sprays
  • Any dog food that might be in the house

HOW CAN MY CAT BE COMFORTABLE?

  • Bed and blanket
  • Small, cozy space
  • Grooming supplies
  • Pheromone products

How should I play with my kitten?

HOW DO I PLAY SAFELY WITH MY KITTEN?

  • Use balls, jingles, anything on a string, and cotton chew toys
  • Avoid “play” with your hands to avoid injury when full grown

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING WITH YOUR KITTEN?

  • Strengthens your bond with your kitten
  • Allows them to release energy that could lead to damage
  • Builds trust and comfort for them within a new home

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PLAY WITH MY KITTEN?

  • 20+ minutes of play per day
  • Set aside at least two times a day preferably early in the morning and late at night

How do I feed a kitten?

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FEED MY KITTEN?

  • Dry food only: leave available at all times
  • Wet food only: feed at least four times a day
  • Combo: feed wet food twice a day and leave dry food available

WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY KITTEN?

  • Look for AAFCO guidelines
  • Look for age and health specific formulas
  • Ask your vet for tailored recommendations

WHAT ARE HARMFUL FOODS FOR KITTENS?

  • Raw meats, eggs, raw fish
  • Grapes, chocolate, and dairy

Get the best care for your best friend.

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