Everyone gets excited about the thought of having a new puppy or kitten, but many people do not know what to do first when it comes to actually taking care of their new furry friend. Here at the Pet Medical Center of Katy, we can provide your pet with quality veterinary care to maintain the health of your puppy or kitten. Here are some things that you will need to do to get your new pet started off on the right paw.
- Find a veterinarian. Easy enough, you have access to the best veterinary services that the Houston area has to offer with the Pet Medical Center of Katy. Schedule an appointment with us today to set up vaccinations, screenings, and an introductory visit.
- Gather all of your supplies. While puppies and kittens have different needs, many of their necessities are the same. Both will need food, shelter, a collar, tags, bowls, toys, and grooming tools. For kittens, you will need litter and a litter box. For puppies, you will need puppy pads and a leash for potty training.
- Determine a schedule. When will you be home to play with your pet? When will you feed your pet? What time do you go to bed? When will you take your puppy for a walk? All of these things should be considered prior to actually bringing your new pet home. Ask your veterinarian if you have any particular questions on how to properly plan your new pet's routine.
- Find a groomer. For your puppy, in particular, you will want to make sure that your puppy has its nails trimmed and their hair well-kept. Groomers also play an important role in checking the health of your puppy's skin, hair and glands. Ask your veterinarian for a list of local groomers that they recommend, and be sure to schedule plenty in advance, as the best groomers typically have a full schedule.
- Socialize your new pet. Whether it is taking your puppy to the dog park or making sure your kitten is around new people, the early socializing of your new pet can have a huge effect on their ability to socialize later on. Be sure to have many people play with your pet to help your new furry friend have a friendly demeanor as they grow up.
Veterinary care for your new friend
Congratulations again on your new puppy or kitten! While there are many other things to consider when caring for a new pet, we hope that this list gives you a good place to start. Come see us at Pet Medical Center of Katy for the best veterinary care for your new furry friend.