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New Puppy or Kitten for Christmas? The Low-down on New Pet Care

New puppy or kitten underneath your tree this holiday season?

We are so excited for you! There are a few things you need to know about getting them settled in your home.

 

1. Puppy's and kittens need a series of vaccinations that happen every two to three weeks for a series of 4 appointments. Make sure to take a look at your current records and schedule the appointment with us to make sure that your new fur baby does not get behind on their series. Certain GI or respiratory diseases can be very harmful to this new baby. Start a preventive care plan with your veterinarian to ensure longevity and health of your new pet's life.

2. Potty training. Make sure you start early and often with your potty time expectations. Sometimes leaving a kitten alone with their litter box or taking your new puppy outside often with a lot of praise is important in these early days.

3. Diet. Make sure your new baby has a proper puppy/kitten food, ensuring a high caloric intake during the first few months. Keep human food away.

4. Put away your favorite shoes. This is a very playful time in your pets life and they have a need to play and chew!! To avoid any frustrations, put away anything that is important to you! Bring home play toys and encourage play time with their own toys.

 

We are so excited to meet your new pet! We are here for you every step of the way!

What not to feed your pet over the holidays.

The do's and do nots of your pet's holiday splurging.

Thanksgiving Do's and Do Not's

 

This is a festive time of year and we want to splurge on all the goodies that the season can bring. We want to give you a few tips on food safety for our four-legged friends!

 

As always, we encourage you to only feed your pet, pet food. But we know that during this time, it doesn't always happen. Certain foods can upset your pet's GI track, or worse, poisen them. 

Fat is always a big no no for your pet. Any types of fat outside of their normal diet, such as but not limited to; gravy's, turkey skin, deserts, bread, butter, lard, etc can lead to acute pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a disease in which your pet's pancreas becomes inflamed. This can happen with certain fatty foods. Other GI upsets include vomitting and diarrhea. We encourage you to stick with your pet's normal diet. 

 

We will be closed Thanksgiving day but will open for normal business hours on Friday, November 29th!

 

For more holiday information for your pet, we refer you to the AVMA website at this link. https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/thanksgiving-pet-safety.aspx

 

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