New puppy – New kitten

New puppy and new kitten

Congratulations 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:

1Vet examination
Your pet will be examined from nose to tail to ensure they are perfectly healthy.
2Vaccinations
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.
6Food
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.
7Neutering
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!

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  • Roxy really enjoyed her well earned treat after being so good for her vaccination injection #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogsofdublin #dogsofpalmerstown

    pvhvets: "Roxy really enjoyed her well earned treat after being so good for her vaccination injection #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogsofdublin #dogsofpalmerstown"
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  • We want to take a moment to remember all of your pets who have gone to Rainbow Bridge 🌈 We especially remember our vet Jennifer's bunny Ellie, who passed away unexpectedly yesterday. We also remember Macy, Digit & Pinky, Pebbles and Toyson who all gained their angel wings this week 💜 #Gonebutnotforgotten #RainbowBridge #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients

    pvhvets: "We want to take a moment to remember all of your pets who have gone to Rainbow Bridge 🌈 We especially remember our vet Jennifer's bunny Ellie, who passed away unexpectedly yesterday. We also remember Macy, Digit & Pinky, Pebbles and Toyson who all gained their angel wings this week 💜
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  • Yoshi is an amazing 14 year old iguana who visited us last weekend for a check up 💜 #iguana #iguanasofinstagram #exoticpets #exoticpet #exoticpetsofinstagram #exoticsvet #exoticsveterinarian #exoticsvetdublin #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients

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  • Harold had loads of cuddles when he visited us for the first time this week 💜 #puppy #puppiesofinstagram #colliesofinstagram #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogsofdublin #dogsofpalmerstown

    pvhvets: "Harold had loads of cuddles when he visited us for the first time this week 💜 #puppy #puppiesofinstagram #colliesofinstagram #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogsofdublin #dogsofpalmerstown"
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  • ☎️ Please call us on 01 6237044 if you cannot attend our hospital for your pets appointment. We are working at a reduced capacity right now so every appointment slot is valuable, as there are other pets in need of veterinary attention. Thank you and Stay safe 💜 #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients

    pvhvets: "☎️ Please call us on 01 6237044 if you cannot attend our hospital for your pets appointment. We are working at a reduced capacity right now so every appointment slot is valuable, as there are other pets in need of veterinary attention. Thank you and Stay safe 💜 #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients"
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  • We are still open for your pets 💜 We ask ALL CLIENTS TO READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES and as always we run by APPOINTMENT ONLY. 🐾 If you have any symptoms of the coronavirus, or have likely been in contact with a confirmed case, please inform our staff before your appointment time. We can still treat your pet but this will allow us to take extra precautions. 🐾 For now, we will be postponing most of our nurse clinics and some non-essential vet appointments and surgeries. 🐾 Please be patient with our staff, we are working very hard to maintain our high standard of care during these unprecedented times. 🐾 We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for cooperating. We are doing this for everyone's health and safety. Stay safe 💜 #staysafe #coronavirus #covid_19 #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients

    pvhvets: "We are still open for your pets 💜
We ask ALL CLIENTS TO READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES and as always we run by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
🐾 If you have any symptoms of the coronavirus, or have likely been in contact with a confirmed case, please inform our staff before your appointment time. We can still treat your pet but this will allow us to take extra precautions.
🐾 For now, we will be postponing most of our nurse clinics and some non-essential vet appointments and surgeries. 🐾 Please be patient with our staff, we are working very hard to maintain our high standard of care during these unprecedented times.
🐾 We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for cooperating. We are doing this for everyone's health and safety. Stay safe 💜 #staysafe #coronavirus #covid_19 #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients"
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  • Kubus just loves his cuddles 💜 #rats #ratsaspets #ratsofinstagram #exoticpets #exoticpet #exoticpetsofinstagram #exoticsvet #exoticsveterinarian #exoticsvetdublin #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients

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  • It was puppy cuddles for Paula yesterday, when Mowgli visited us 💜 Just look at that face #puppy #puppiesofinstagram #goldenretriever #goldenretrieverpuppy #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogsofdublin #dogsofpalmerstown

    pvhvets: "It was puppy cuddles for Paula yesterday, when Mowgli visited us 💜 Just look at that face #puppy #puppiesofinstagram #goldenretriever #goldenretrieverpuppy #pets #petsofinstagram #dublinveterinaryclinic #dublinveterinaryhospital #dublinvet #dublinvets #palmerstown #dublin #weloveourjob #weloveourpatients #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogsofdublin #dogsofpalmerstown"
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