Congratulations on your new addition!!
Here is a snapshot of what to expect with your new family member in the next few months:
First vet visit – it’s great to do this within the first few days of bringing your puppy or kitten home. Some adoption agreements actually require a vet visit to illuminate any health concerns that exist early on. It’s a great time to do a happy “meet and greet”, talk about any concerns and questions you might have, and have a first physical exam done. We can talk about nutrition, training, grooming needs, preventive health care and more.
Vaccines and examinations – usually done at 8, 12, 16 weeks; this may vary a bit depending on what vaccines might already have been done , and age at the first vet visit. An exam and consultation with the doctor is done at each visit to ensure there is appropriate growth, monitor health, provide information about breed predispositions, home care and guardianship, and answer any questions you have.
Deworming – usually done monthly through 6 months of age, then regularly throughout your pet’s life
Spay/neutering – usually done between 6-7 months, recommendations may vary by breed and other circumstance
Nutrition – some people have ideas about what will be best to feed, others are looking for input. We will share our knowledge with you and help you make informed choices
Training – for puppies, it is usually appropriate to get your puppy into classes by 13 weeks of age, after the second vaccine has been given; cat guardians, well, this is one thing you don’t need to book! Both kittens and puppies need to have some quality time put in to ensure the environment is safe from irresistible but dangerous chew toys or toxins. Crawling at floor level with your pet can be a fun exercise for noting such concerns.
Environmental enrichment is another key consideration to make sure that cute fluffy creature has something to chew on other than your stuff! We’ll talk about some good options.
Other discussion topics – travel safety, pet insurance, licensing, and anything you have questions about!