New puppy and new kittenCongratulations on your new pet. Together you and your pet will embark on a wonderful journey.
Having a new puppy or kitten can be a little overwhelming at the beginning: we are here to help you with any queries and to give advice on training, toilet training, biting behaviour, puppy discipline etc. There can be so many things to take on board when you get a new pet so our vets have compiled a 8 point checklist to get you started.
Susan Barry, our vet in Palmerstown veterinary hospital, Dublin recently adopted a new dog and used the checklist to ensure Peggy is fit and healthy:
HEALTH AND WELL BEING CHECKLIST:
Your pet will be examined from nose to tail to ensure they are perfectly healthy.
Necessary to prevent your pet from contracting a fatal disease. Boosters need to be given yearly for the rest of the pets life. Ensure your dog is also vaccinated against Canine cough - you vet will explain the importance of this.
3Flea and worm treatment
Regular flea and worm treatment are necessary to keep your pet, your family and your home healthy. Practically all kittens and puppies have worms, so treatment to kill these parasites is very important as they can affect your pet’s health and can potentially be passed on to humans. Worm treatment can be administered in the form of tablets or incorporated into a topical flea and worm treatment which is applied on the back of the animal’s neck every month. Fleas and their larvae can live year round so monthly treatment is advised. At your pet’s health check we will give you advice on flea and worm treatment and prevention. We will also advise you on tick and lungworm treatment.
4Microchip and dog license
All dogs must be microchipped - your vet will do this. The dog license can be purchased at your local post office. Dog licenses are renewed yearly. We advise all cat owners to have their feline friend microchipped as well.
5Pet health insurance
Highly recommended by all of the vets and vet nurses in Palmerstown, who all have insurance for their own pets: Pet health insurance helps cover the cost of veterinary bills when your pet becomes ill or injured. Pets are susceptible to all of the same illnesses as humans and possibly even a few more! For example dogs can suffer from diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, tumours, broken bones etc. Most pet health insurance will cover the cost of investigation and treatment of these illnesses and injuries. We recommend pet insurance policies that provide lifelong cover for both illnesses and injury.
Try and stick to a dry food, no table food, and minimal treats. Feed puppy and kitten food to puppies and kittens, adult food to adult cats and dogs and low fat food to neutered adults. Our vet hospital receptionist and nurses are trained in pet nutrition and are delighted to advise you on the optimal diet for your new puppy/kitten.
Although not done until 6 months of age onwards, it is good to be aware of it and its many health benefits now. Your vet will explain why this is so important.
8Training and puppy classes
Here at Palmerstown veterinary hospital our veterinary nurse, Caitriona Higgins, runs puppy preschool where puppies up to 18 weeks old and their owners will learn the basic commands, how to socialise with other dogs and people and all about disciplinary procedures!