Bringing Your Pet Home

Learn how to make your pet feel at home. Whether it’s an indoor or an outdoor pet a clean and healthy environment means the world to your pet’s health and happiness. Vaccinations and training can create a healthy and happy life for your pet. Consult your veterinarian about your pet’s needs.

Bringing your pet home– before you can do this there are a few things you should do first. Get accessories, some pets can require a lot of extras items to insure their happy life (eg., leash, collar, crate, tags, aquarium, dish and more). Prepare your house, they should have a designate place where they can eat, sleep and use the restroom. Some time you may even need to pet proof your home to avoid possible accidents. Make sure your cleaners are locked up and that electrical cords and breakables are out of reach. If there are certain parts of the house you don’t want your pets roaming in start training them form the first day they are in their new home.

 

Exams, Vaccinations, Etc. – pets can be protected from some diseases by vaccination. Remember this information is only a basic informational guide, always consult your veterinarian for the best more specific advice regarding your pet.

1. What are vaccines: they are the heath products that trigger protective immune responses inside your pet to prepare their bodies to fight future infections. They can lessen the severity of future diseases and sometimes prevent infections completely.

2. Is vaccination important? Absolutely they are! They protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases.

3. Will a vaccine insure protection? In most cases vaccines are both effective and preventative, however there is the chance that a pet’s immunity has not fully developed yet and in that specific case the animal does run risk of becoming ill.

4. Are there risks? Like any medical procedure (be it for animals or humans alike) there are always the slight risk. Most pets respond well to vaccines, but in cases where the animals responded adversely the results where mild and temporary. These reactions included: fever, sluggishness and reduced appetite, these symptoms subsided within a day or two. If your pet experiences pain, swelling or listlessness you should contact your veterinarian. If the rare yet serious adverse responses of: vomiting, diarrhea, itching, difficulty breathing, collapsing or swelling of face or legs, should occur immediately contact your veterinarian. These may be signs of an allergic reaction. For the latest information contact your veterinarian.

5. Why do puppies and kittens require a series of vaccines? Originally puppies and kittens were protected by the natural immunity in their mothers’ milk. Gradually it wears off though and they become highly susceptible to diseases. To provide the most protection possible for the first few months of their lives a series of vaccines are scheduled.

6. What vaccines should my pet get? Not all pets should be vaccinated with every vaccines simply because they are available. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you exactly what vaccines your pet should get, by considering your pet’s individual needs and the natural risk at hand.

7. How often should my pet get a vaccine? Vaccinations should be tailored to a pet’s individual schedule to fit its needs. Your veterinarian will be able to help you set up a schedule.

 

Obedience & Training

1. Obedience training: is a must for every good family dog. This training is fun and helps prevent negative encounters between the family and the dog, and can in fact reinforce the bond between own and pet.

2. Housebreaking: Puppies cannot “hold it” for long, so here’s a few tips to help get the breaking going: begin as soon as your new puppy arrives, take them out as soon as they wake up and before they go to sleep, and several times throughout the day. Gradually increase the time between your pup’s bathroom breaks. Here are a few more tips: take them to the same spot each time, celebrate as soon as they go! And do not talk or play with your little puppy until it uses the restroom outside.

3. Litter Box Training: as long as there is a clean litter box, and the kitten knows where it is, it will housebreak itself. There should be one litter box per cat residing in your home, and keep them in separate locations. Here are some tips: the box shouldn’t be too deep, keep it clean, and stress free for your cat.

 

 

 

 

About Kelly's Animal Hospital

Kelly’s Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The professional and courteous staff at Kelly’s Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

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