Microchipping, and registering that chip to, your new friend will create a link to you in the event he or she is lost and found. A microchipped animal is more likely to be reunited with his or her family than one who is not. This can be done during an office visit, or when your baby is anesthetized for his or her spay or neuter surgery (because we know you’re already lining that up!).
One of the best things you can do for your new puppy or kitten is to ensure she is spayed or he is neutered at an age recommended by your veterinarian. And don’t put it off! Why? You’ll nip in the bud some behaviors that work for animals, but aren’t so admired by human family members. You’ll help prevent illnesses and diseases that afflict unsterilized animals. And so importantly, you won’t bring into existence more animals when so many are already in need of forever homes.
You bring your new baby in for regularly scheduled exams and the same is true for your dog baby. A wellness exam will establish a baseline for your friend, with Dr. Hay reviewing his or her known history and doing a nose-to-tail evaluation. He’ll begin a vaccination and deworming protocol, and lay out a plan for future care, such microchipping and spay/neuter surgery.
Thanks to vaccines, once dangerous and potentially deadly diseases are now mostly preventable. Core vaccinations are given based on a recommended schedule over a number of weeks early on and then boosted at intervals throughout his or her life according to the law and your pup’s lifestyle. Optional vaccinations are provided based on age and need based on geographic location. Dr. Hay will discuss a vaccine schedule with you. Core vaccinations include: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHPP) and Rabies.
Kittens are babies, and like babies, they need regularly scheduled wellness exams. Dr. Hay will review his or her known history and conduct a nose-to-tail evaluation to establish a baseline for your new friend. He’ll begin a vaccination and deworming protocol, and lay out a plan for future care, such as microchipping and spay/neuter surgery.
Thanks to vaccines, once dangerous and potentially deadly diseases are now mostly preventable. Core vaccinations are given based on a recommended schedule over a number of weeks early on and then boosted at intervals throughout his or her life according to the law and your cat’s lifestyle. Optional vaccinations are provided based on age and need based on geographic location. Core vaccinations include: FVRCP and Rabies.
Sharing your home with more than one cat means more cuddles and also comes with unique challenges and responsibilities.
Cats are social beings with a territorial bent. Proper and gradual introduction of each newcomer is essential to safe integration.
Even the best of friends need access to their very own safe and snug space from time to time. Should you find yourself with antagonistic cats or at least one bully, you might have to provide a cooling off place; perhaps using a pheromone product like Feliway.
A multi-cat household means a multi-litterbox household, ideally one for each cat and most vigilant scooping on your part!
Food and water should be accessible in neutral spaces. Scratching posts and opportunities for exercise and mental stimulation are important.
As a multi-cat parent, you’ll need to be attentive to each cat’s “normal” so you’re able to identify when someone is not quite right. Sometimes, if you’re not in the room when it happens, you’ll play “process of elimination” to determine who is sick. It will be helpful to have a space where you can segregate animals for that time, as well as when it may be necessary to quarantine someone during an illness or recovery.
Check in with us at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Davidson for more tips on multi-cats households!
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