As a puppy or kitten owner, you are required to care for your pet to keep it comfortable and healthy. One necessary step in puppy or kitten care is getting a routine checkup. At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, our veterinarian provides pet exams to ensure that your new puppy or kitten is healthy. Our animal hospital provides service to those in West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, and Urbandale, IA. Here are some steps to take when caring for a puppy or kitten.
Introduce Your Pet to the Home Slowly
In the first weeks at a new home, your puppy or kitten will be curious and a bit overwhelmed by its surroundings. To help to keep your pet safe, it is best to keep it in one designated area of the home. This will keep the pet from becoming lost or injured when you are not around to monitor its activities. When your puppy or kitten seems comfortable in this area, introduce it to another room in the home under your supervision. Introduce new areas little by little so that your pet becomes accustomed to the layout of your home.
Gather Items Your Pet Needs
It is important to buy all the items that your pet needs to remain comfortable. Your pet needs a food dish and water bowl. Keep this in the same area of your home so that it is able to find it when it becomes hungry or thirsty. Your kitten or puppy will enjoy playing with age-appropriate toys. Make sure there are no loose strings or protrusions that could cause an injury to your pet. Grooming supplies such as shampoo, a comb, a brush, nail clippers, and a pet toothbrush are also necessary to keep your pet clean and healthy.
Make an Appointment for Veterinary Care
Bring your puppy or kitten to our veterinarian for a complete check-up as soon as possible. During this well-visit, our vet will check over your pet from head to tail for possible medical issues that would require treatment. Our vet will discuss the importance of vaccinating your pet and will provide you with information about preventative actions you can take to keep your pet from getting hurt or sick. This includes parasite medication, spaying or neutering, and microchipping. Our vet will also give you recommendations regarding what type of food to provide to your kitten or puppy so that it stays healthy.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Puppy and Kitten Care
If you have a new pet, visit our animal hospital for a checkup. At Ashworth Road Animal Hospital, serving West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, and Urbandale, IA, our veterinary team will make sure your pet is healthy and guide you on proper pet care. Call us today to schedule an appointment.