This time of year is one of my favorites. Not just because it’s Christmas, but because I get to see a lot of cute puppies and kittens beginning their life with a new family! I also really love to see the kids glowing with happiness who come to the vet with their new companions. I love my job!
This first year in the life of your new companion is an important one in many ways. From a health standpoint, you want to get them off to a good start with the proper nutrition. This can be affected by the type of diet they eat and feeding method. But, equally, if not more important is making sure your new furry friend is free of intestinal parasites (“worms”). These nasty things rob your new companion of vital nutrients for healthy growth. Now, you should know that there are AT LEAST 5 types of intestinal parasites that we find regularly in puppies and kittens. They are all treated differently. So, it is important to have the vet check a fecal (yes, poop) sample and analyze it for the type of parasites so the proper treatment can be administered.
Then there are the “catching” diseases your new furbaby can get. Puppies and kittens’ immune systems are not fully developed and they are much more prone to catching diseases. Vaccinations (“shots”) do work to prevent the more common and dangerous diseases.
At our practice, we pride ourselves in developing standard and individualized health care programs for each and every one of our puppy and kitten patients. We like to make sure they all get off to a healthy and happy start, but not only that, we give you some information on how to raise your new companion properly.
Call us if you have a new family furry friend. We’re always glad to help!
Have a wonderful holiday!