Puppies & Kittens
Puppy and Kitten Veterinarian Packages
It is very important to socialize your pet properly during the first 12 weeks of its life. These are the most impressionable weeks and any impressions formed during this period will stay with your pet for the rest of its life! Here at Lincoln Ave Veterinary Clinic, we try very hard to make these first visits nice ones. It will help to bring your pet in hungry so we can use food as a treat and a distraction. At home, you want to establish the rules early so your pet will know what they are. That means being consistent! It will help to write them down so everyone can remember and so you can define them.
Part of socialization is learning how to be handled. Touch your pet all over, rubbing the face, ears, tummy, paws (especially the toes and nails) and around the tail. You can also use this time to start to groom your puppy or kitten. Use a comb or soft brush and as you work your way down the body, you can brush or comb at the same time. Pick a time when the critter is relatively tranquil and calm, like after a meal in the evening.
Soon you can start to do more things like brushing the teeth. This is actually very important! Dental disease is an insidious problem and can seriously affect the overall health of your new family member.
You may want to consider a puppy training class, especially if it has been a long time since you have had a puppy. This can be very helpful in preventing bad habits and can set the stage for a more satisfying and rewarding relationship with your dog.
Many people are getting kittens because they can be less demanding than dogs. Many cat owners would dispute that, but in general it is probably true. Cats can be very social animals and they enjoy company. That obviously includes you, but you may want to consider another cat or kitten to keep each other company. This is especially true for working people. It usually does not matter if you get two males, two females or one each, especially if they are young when you get them. The temperament of an older cat is probably most important. They may not tolerate another older cat, but usually will tolerate and even enjoy a young kitten after a couple weeks of adjustment.
A lot of questions come up about what to feed your new pet, how much food and when to feed. First of all, there are no rules written in stone. Each pet is an individual with its own needs and preferences. There are also your needs and preferences. So, the following information should be taken in that light.
BRANDS – Use a major brand name food. This will ensure proper nutrition for your pet. We use and highly recommend Science Diet and Prescription Diet made by Hill’s.
FLAVOR – Pick one flavor or type (beef, chicken, lamb, etc.) and stick with it. Resist temptation and do not change! You will only create a finicky eater and may upset your pet’s tummy!
FEEDINGS – For pets less than 12 weeks of age, feed at least 3-4 times a day. From 12 weeks to 6 months of age, you can reduce that by one feeding. From 6 months on, you can feed 1-2 times a day for dogs. Realize that these schedules are more for our convenience than for what nature intended. A dog's intestinal tract is designed to function best when fed small meals often. Cats were designed to get a big protein meal all at one time (however, cats do prefer to eat 6-18 small meals throughout the day and night).
AMOUNT – There is no magic rule for the amount to be given. There are usually guidelines on the package, and they make a good starting point. The main thing is to keep a record of the amount you are feeding per day. Then keep a record of the weight of the pet. You will know that the pet is getting enough if the ribs are not sticking out obviously.
DRY VERSUS WET – Both are nutritionally complete and equal. Dry food is usually less expensive. Dry food will not necessarily keep the teeth cleaner. The puppy or kitten may show a strong preference, which may help you decide which to feed.
SNACKS – Try to stay away from table scraps. You can give low-fat treats like carrots, broccoli, apples and other fruits (except grapes) or veggies.
VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS – In general, you should not need to give your pet any of these if they are eating a high-quality food. A multi-vitamin supplement is fine.
• DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza & Parvovirus)
• Bordatella Vaccine (Kennel Cough)
• Lyme Vaccine (High-Risk Dogs Only)
• Rabies Vaccine (Required by Vaccine Law)
• FVRCP (Feline Distemper & Upper Respiratory Virus)
• FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
• Rabies Vaccine (Strongly Recommended)
• FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
Identification for Your Pet:
Please provide some form of identification for your pet. Information should include a telephone number(s). Addresses should be used more cautiously. One new form of ID is called
Data Mars Microchip. These are microchips which are injected under the pet's skin over the shoulder blades. They have a unique code which can be read by a special reader. Please ask for details.
Other Important Links for You to Consider:
Pet Tags & Identification
Don't forget to deworm your pets
Experts recommend deworming your dogs and cats every three months. When did you last have your pet treated? Make an appointment today.