Congratulations on your new furry family member! Welcoming a new pet into your family is an exciting time for everyone. Whether this is your first pet, or you’re a seasoned pro, we want to provide you with our recommendations for starting out with your new family member.

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Receive 50% off your Initial Exam & Consultation fee for your first appointment. Call 215-345-6000 to get started.

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Preparing for Your New Pet

Your veterinarian and local pet shop are the best resources for determining the proper size, style, type, quantities, and recommended brands of the supplies you’ll need for your new dog or cat.

Of course, you’ll need the basics: water and food bowls, a collar and leash, and toys (lots of them!).

Here are some additional items you’ll want to pick up as well:

  • Crate and/or carrier for training and transporting your new pet
  • House training supplies like absorbent training pads for the floor and cleaning supplies for messes
  • Litter box and litter supplies for cats
  • Grooming tools including shampoo, brushes or combs, and nail trimmers
  • Dental care items such as toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Flea and tick protection – consult with your veterinarian
  • Identification tag (and collar with small bell for outside cats)
  • Outdoor and seasonal clothing like a raincoat, warm sweater, or protection for the paws during winter walks

Creating a Pet-Friendly Home

Creating a pet-friendly home is an important step in making the homecoming a smooth transition for everyone. Here are reminders on steps you should take to prepare your home:

  • Establish house rules
  • Create special spaces
  • Inspect for hazards

Tips for Creating a Pet-Friendly Home 

Caring for Your New Pet

Daily care of your new pet includes proper nutrition, dental care, exercise, socialization, and basic dog training.

Additionally, check out the following articles about Pet Care:

New Patient Discount:
Receive 50% off your Initial Exam & Consultation fee for your first appointment. Call 215-345-6000 to get started.

Getting Pet Vaccinations

Pet vaccinations are an essential part of caring for your puppy or kitten.

Click to learn more about the recommended vaccinations for your pet.

We choose high-quality vaccines that provide the best protection with the fewest, mildest side effects.

Why the Quality of Vaccines Matter for Your Pet 

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Spaying or neutering is a simple, low-cost procedure that can reduce animal abandonment rates, improve the health and longevity of your pet, decrease the overall cost of care, and prevent the deaths of millions of dogs and cats.

Why Spaying/Neutering Your Pet is Important

Ask the veterinarian about microchipping your pet during the spay/neuter procedure.

Socializing & Training

Get to know your new puppy better and help them socialize with other people and pets.

Free Puppy Social Hour at Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center every Thursday at 7:30pm. Call 215-345-6960 to register for Puppy Social Hour or to learn more about training programs with Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center

Tips for Socializing a Puppy

Getting Your Cat to the Vet

Cats need preventive veterinary care too, but getting your cat to the vet can be a challenge.

Here are some tips for bringing your cat to Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care:

  • Start training your kitten at an early age
  • Acclimate your kitten/cat to the carrier and the vehicle
  • Make the carrier familiar at home by leaving it in a room where your cat spends time
  • Place familiar soft towels or bedding in the carrier
  • Consider a synthetic feline facial pheromone—ask the staff at Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care about Feliway to help your cat travel easier
  • Be patient
New Patient Discount:
Receive 50% off your Initial Exam & Consultation fee for your first appointment. Call 215-345-6000 to get started.