Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Pets are great companions for all ages. But, they need a lot of care, and it can overwhelm everyone at first. Here are a few tips to get your family started with kitten and puppy care. If you have any problems or questions, Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital in Bossier City is ready to help.
New Puppy Care Tips
If possible, take them to a vet right away for a wellness check and any shots they need. At home, make sure you have the appropriate supplies for the new family member:
- Dog Bed
- Food and water dish
- Puppy food
- Cleaning supplies
- Collar and leash
- Grooming supplies
All supplies will make caring for and training your new puppy easier. The dog bed should be near their food and water dish at first. You may want two beds, so one is always available while the other is in the wash. If you're crate-training, purchase additional food and water dish for it. Also, consider treats to use during training as a reward. Potty and crate training is a trial-and-error process, so, keep the cleaning supplies close.
New Kitten Care Tips
Although kittens don't go outside, they still need litter box training and to learn the rules of the household such as not climbing curtains or scratching furniture. If you have older pets, they also need help socializing to try and prevent personality mashups that can leave you with a headache. Suggested supplies include:
- Small litter box and supplies
- Small food and water dishes
- Hard and wet food formulated for kittens
- Scratching post
- Grooming supplies
- Cat bed
It's essential to make sure these supplies are intended for kittens. If the litter box is too large, they may have trouble using it and go to the bathroom in alternative locations. Scratching posts are a necessity because young kittens will scratch. Yes—Cats make their bed just about everywhere. But, a cat bed placed in a quiet area gives your new kitten a safe place to retreat if they become overwhelmed.
Puppy and Kitten Care: What to Expect During Your First Appointment
Your kitten or puppy also needs regular medical checkups at Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital in Bossier City. During their first appointment, the vet will get to know them and check all their vitals, such as body temperature, abdomen, heart, and lungs. They will give your pet any necessary vaccines.
Schedule a Puppy or Kitten Wellness Exam Today
Your new pet deserves the best medical care. Contact us to schedule an initial appointment or a follow-up visit at Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital with our veterinarian in Bossier City.