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4 Very Important Things to Know When You Bring a New Puppy or Kitten Home.

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your family is an exciting time, and the team at Horsham Veterinary Hospital wants to ensure your new furry family members receive all the love and care they need during this joyful and important period of mental and physical development.

Keep your new pet healthy and safe

  1. SOCIALIZATION – Every household member is encouraged to spend quality time with your new furry friends. This includes playing, feeding, and grooming. Many sounds and activities in the home take getting used to: doorbells, a mail carrier, the TV and noises from cell phones. Give your pet time to become familiar with these sounds. Another key part of socialization is learning to be alone, especially during COVID-19. Train your pet to accept time in their crate or gated area by taking a walk or being in a room without them.
  2. ESSENTIAL VACCINES - Remember, the natural immunities passed at birth to young animals by their mothers last only a few weeks. A series of vaccinations will continue to protect against disease and help to ensure your pets grow up happy and healthy. Veterinarians recommend immunizing puppies and kittens at approximately 6 to 8 weeks of age.
  3. PET LICENSE – Obtaining a license for your pet also helps ensure your pet is easily identified and returned home quickly and safely. Most municipalities require pet licenses around the time of your puppy or kitten’s first rabies vaccination.
  4. WELLNESS – One of the best ways to keep your new pet in top health is with regular check-ups and regular routines. This sets the foundation to keep you pet happy and healthy. At Horsham Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarians work together with pet owners to create a plan which includes nutrition, behavior, exercise, and all the best tips for a healthy lifestyle for your pet. Learn more about our wellness options here.

We are always available to answer your pet ownership questions about care, feeding, housebreaking, socialization and more. Please call us at 215-607-6855.

Thinking of Getting a New Pet? Consider speaking to our friends at WAGS Rescue.

Please share this with your friends who have new furry friends at home!