Bringing a new puppy or kitten home with you is always an exciting time for pet owners. Whether it is your first pet, or one of many, each new animal will bring its own delights, challenges, questions, and unique differences to the care process. It is important to remember that puppies and kittens have different requirements for their care than older dogs do. Oftentimes, your new pet will need a variety of vaccinations to make sure they remain healthy as they grow.
This is just one step on the road to maintaining your pet’s health. Kittens and puppies also have different dietary requirements than their adult counterparts do. As they are still growing, your puppy or kitten may have as much as triple the energy needs of an adult animal. Puppies should begin eating solid food at four weeks old; kittens should eat specially formulated kitten food until they are 1 year old. It is important to make sure you read labels carefully, and ask your vet any questions you may have, to ensure that your puppy or kitten is getting the nutrients he or she needs. Young animals will also need socializing and, in some instances, training.
Keep in mind if your new puppy or kitten seems shy and doesn’t want to interact too much that this is all new to them, and they are just learning how to interact healthily and safely with their environment and their new family.
As your new friend grows and settles into their environment, keep in mind that the vets at Animal Care Center are here to help both you and your pet adjust to this change, and to answer any questions you may have about how to keep your pet safe, happy, and healthy.