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.
Choosing a Veterinarian
Here are a few tips for choosing the right veterinary practice to meet your needs and handle the lifetime care of your new pet:
- Determine the type of veterinary practice you prefer. Both small and large practices offer their own advantages and you need to decide which type is a better match for you and your pet.
- Request an interview to learn more about Doylestown Veterinary Hospital and meet our veterinary staff.
- Find out if the veterinary practice offers wellness plans to help you schedule key examinations and manage the costs associated with caring for your pet. Doylestown Veterinary Hosptial offers a variety of Wellness Plans to meet the needs of your new pet.
- Does the practice keep up-to-date with the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment, and technology? How are referrals to specialists and emergency care handled? We provide the best in modern and holistic medicine for your pet in an old-fashioned atmosphere.
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
Bringing home a new pet is exciting, and creating a pet-friendly home is an important step in making the homecoming a smooth transition for everyone. Here are a couple of reminders on steps you should take to prepare your home:
- Establish House Rules
- Create Special Spaces
- Inspect for Hazards
Additional, we actually wrote about this specific topic in our blog recently. Check out Tips for Creating a Pet-Friendly Home for more information.
Caring for Your New Pet
Daily care of your new pet includes proper nutrition, dental care, exercise, and basic dog training.
- House breaking will require a lot of your attention. Be patient, consistent and positive.
- Choose a high-quality food formulated for puppies and kittens to promote healthy growth and development. Ask your veterinarian about the brand and type of food they recommend for your puppy or kitten.
- Fresh water is essential. Whether inside or out, no matter the season or scenery, your dog or cat needs access to fresh water. Going for a walk on a hot summer day? Take a portable bowl and ample supply of water.
- The dental health of your dog or cat should begin now by creating a daily routine of teeth brushing. Your veterinarian can help you with proper brushing technique and explain the benefits of dental examinations as your pet ages.
- An active pet is a happy pet!
Additionally, check out the following articles about Pet Care:
- Pet Dental Care & the Client Experience
- Partner with Your Pet for Exercise
- Enrichment and Exercise for Indoor Cats
Getting Pet Vaccinations
Pet vaccinations are an essential part of caring for your puppy or kitten.
Preventive veterinary medicine for a lifetime of health and wellness is the focus at Doylestown Veterinary Hospital so the quality of vaccines used is very important. We choose quality vaccines that provide the best protection with the fewest, mildest side effects. We wrote the following on why vaccinations matter: 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.
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. Puppy Social Hour classes at Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center are a great opportunity to talk with our dog training experts about pet care and best practices.
Free Puppy Social Hour at Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center every Thursday from 7-8pm.
Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center offers a variety of dog training options. From group classes to Lodge & Learn, our training programs are customized to meet your needs.
Classes fill quickly. Call 215-345-6960 to register for Puppy Social Hour or to learn more about training programs with Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center
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:
- 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 about Feliway to help your cat travel easier
- Be patient