When you first bring home a new puppy or kitten, we know that you’re eager to make sure they get the very best possible start. However, with the sheer number of things to remember, and so much information coming from different sources, it can be difficult to know what’s right for them.
That’s where our Medivet Wellness Programme can help you and your new companion!
Our purposefully designed, all-encompassing programme aims to give you all the information you need to look after your new pet in the first year of their life. We’ve got everything covered!
Immediately after getting your new puppy or kitten, we recommend you bring them to the surgery for our vet to give them a free and thorough check before you take them home.
During the visit, we can make sure they are healthy, identify any possible health issues and go through a suggested timetable with you outlining preventative healthcare for the future. We want to be able to check their progress against an ideal growth chart. In particular, we will check for hernias and any obvious genetic defects that may be particular to that breed.
We will check:
Despite many breeders’ best efforts, young animals often have both fleas and worms and these infestations may not be obvious to spot. The importance of this aspect in the pre-vaccination check is especially relevant to households with small children, as some worms can pose a threat to human health. If necessary, we will advise you on an appropriate and effective wormer for your new furry friend.
We will carefully examine your companion, looking for any signs of ectoparasites, including the dreaded fleas! If there is any doubt, we will immediately apply treatment. It is important to establish a parasite prevention schedule from the start – unfortunately, it can be very easy for pets to contract an infestation, and far less easy to get rid of it!
From April 2016, it will be required by law to microchip your dog. Microchipping is a very simple procedure, involving a simple injection into the back of the neck under the skin. We strongly advise you to microchip your new furry pals as soon as possible! Without a microchip, one has no way of knowing to whom the lost pet belongs to. Collars are all too easily lost, or even intentionally removed.
Microchipping is also an essential part of the pet passport scheme. The chip holds a unique number that permanently identifies your pet. Your contact details are registered against this number on the secure central Pet Log database. If you ever become separated from your pet (which we hope never happens) and they end up in a vet practice, police station or rescue centre, they can be ‘scanned’ and rapidly reunited with you!
Even the smartest puppy or kitten is bound to have the odd accident when introduced to a new home, new routines and new people! It is important to know how to react to this. Whatever you do, don’t punish them – this will only make them even more distressed. We can talk you through how to quickly house train your puppy or kitten using rewards, proper supervision and patience. Alternatively, you can attend a free puppy party (if your local practice hosts them) which will provide your puppy with the skills and experiences needed to become a confident and happy adult dog! You can contact your local practice by using our online practice finder to see if they offer puppy parties – our friendly staff are more than happy to help!
Getting your new canine companion or feline friend accustomed to regular grooming is a really good idea. We will help you choose a brush that suits your pet – even taking into account things like hair length! If grooming is started early, the experience can usually be enjoyed by both dogs and cats. You should begin with short sessions and gradually lengthen them. When they accept what you are doing and stay perfectly still for you (like a purrrecious little angel) stop and reward them.
So there you have it; and welcome to the first step in a very rewarding journey – being a new pet owner!
We know that pets can sometimes be nervous about coming to the vets. The Wellness Programme will also help your pet become used to visits whilst they are young, and also helps them to understand that a trip to the vet doesn’t have to be scary at all!
We’d advise that you bring your new pet in to see us before you take them home. A member of our lovely staff will give them a thorough check-up to make sure that they’re in tip-top shape before they settle into their new home with you.
We’ll also provide you with a Wellness folder and talk you through it, explaining the suggested timetable for your pet’s first year. This means that you’ll know exactly when you should pop in to see us for vaccinations, check-ups or neutering.
All our nurse clinics and Wellness Programme books are completely free.
If you’d like to arrange for your pet to see us as part of the Wellness Programme, or you’d just like advice about pet care or a new pet, please give your local Medivet practice a call! You can find your nearest Medivet practice by using our handy online practice finder.
Posted January 5, 2016 in Pet Care Advice