4 Important Things You Need to Know When You Bring a New Puppy or Kitten Home.

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your family is an exciting time, and the team at San Juan Animal Hospital wants to ensure your new furry family members receive all the love and care they need during this joyful and important period of mental and physical development.

Keeping Your New Pet Healthy and Safe

  1. PET LICENSE – Obtaining a license for your pet ensures your pet will be easily identified and returned home quickly and safely if he or she ever gets lost. Most municipalities require that pets are licensed at the time of a puppy’s or kitten’s first rabies vaccination.
  2. ESSENTIAL VACCINES - Remember, the natural immunities passed on to a young animal by its mother last only a few weeks. Vaccinations provide protection against disease and help ensure your pets grow up to be happy and healthy adults. Veterinarians recommend immunizing puppies and kittens at approximately 6 to 8 weeks of age.
  3. SOCIALIZING YOUR PET– Every household member is encouraged to spend quality time with your new furry friends. This includes playing, feeding, and grooming. Many sounds and activities in the home take getting used to: doorbells, a mail carrier, the TV and noises from cell phones. Give your pet time to become familiar with these sounds. Another key part of socialization is learning to be alone. Train your pet to accept time in their crate or gated area by taking a walk or being in a room without them.
  1. WELLNESS – One of the best ways to keep your new pet in top health is with regular check-ups and regular routines. This sets the foundation to keep you pet happy and healthy. At San Juan Animal Hospital, our veterinarians work together with pet owners to create a plan which includes nutrition, behavior, exercise, and all the best tips for a healthy lifestyle for your pet. Learn more about our wellness options here

We are always available to answer your pet ownership questions about care, feeding, housebreaking, socialization and more. Please call us at (904) 853-3588.

Thinking of Getting a New Pet? Consider speaking to any of our wonderful local rescue organizations and animal shelters.

Please share this with your friends who have new furry friends at home!