Puppies and kittens, what’s not to love and adore! If you recently got a new puppy or kitten, firstly our hearty congratulations! You are in for a fun ride with a companion who will love you unconditionally. In honor of March 23rd being National Puppy Day and Cuddly Kitten Day, we are going to give you some puppy/kitten tips to make this transition enjoyable and seamless!
- Supervise your pet: Keep constant supervision on your puppy/kitten, especially when you first bring them home. This is all a new territory for them; they may be nervous, excited, happy, and scared all at once. Give them some time to explore their space. Once acclimated, establish some house rules.
- Don’t chase your dog – If your puppy playfully grabs an object and runs, don’t chase him. This will give him exactly what he wants and that is play! Instead, sternly try calling him/her to you or offer him a treat.
- “Den” experience – Give your pet a safe cozy crate they can call home. Crate training should be an important part of your puppy’s life. You want the crate to be small enough that it is comfortable and the puppy is able to move, but not so small that they seem uncomfortable. Reward them with a treat when you first start crate training them.
- No Crate Punishment – Don’t punish your puppy by crating them. Their crate should be a safe place where they feel comfortable and happy. When you crate them as a punishment they no longer feel safe in their crate and develop a negative connection instead.
- Set a routine – Puppies and kittens usually do really well with a set schedule. The training phase is a lot smoother when your puppy and kitten know what to expect during their day, this also gives them a sense of comfort. A little consistency in establishing this routine will make everyone’s lives a lot easier.
- Socialize your pet – Socializing your pet with different people, pets, and various life events is probably one of the most important things as you bring a new pet into your home. You can do so by slowly introducing them to new sights, experiences such as cars, crowds, sounds, smells, and textures.
- Wellness exam – It is of utmost importance that your new puppy or kitten gets a health check within a few days of bringing them home. Your vet is very resourceful and will provide you with a lot more information on how to make this experience smooth for you and your new furry mate. They will make sure your new pet is up to date on all core vaccine boosters, and they will also screen your new pup and/or kitten for any fecal parasites (prevalent in puppies and kittens.) You should also talk to your vet about routine bloodwork, heartworm and tick and flea preventatives, and spaying or neutering your pet.
If you have any questions or concerns about your new puppy or kitten and would like to talk to one of our veterinarians, please don’t hesitate to contact Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008 or visit us at http://www.meadowlandsvethospital.com