Undoubtedly you or perhaps someone you know found a furry surprise under the Christmas tree. All the squeals, pictures and tears of joy are subsided. So…now what?
Let’s get your pet ownership off to on the right paw…or foot. For these first few days you’ll need to help your new family member get accustomed to his or her new surroundings. There will be SO much to explore, rules to learn and things to chew…I mean DO…things to do!
While your pet is busy doing his thing, now would be a good time to do some exploring of your own. Check to see if you received any paperwork or medical records from the breeder, pet store or shelter. Keep them in a safe place to bring with you to the veterinarian. Don’t have a veterinarian? Ask family and friends for recommendations for one. Bring all of your paperwork with you when you go to your first vet appointment so he or she can tell what vaccinations and care your pet has had and what will be needed in the near future. Many young pups and kittens may have been started on their vaccination series, but not completed it. The same is often true of shelter or rescue pets. The vet will also want to check for any parasites that need to be dealt with as well as any other medical needs.
The first visit to your veterinarian with your furry new gift should be scheduled within the first week of him moving into your home. Be advised, though, that if your pet appears under the weather at all, the good pet owner you will want to make an appointment ASAP!
Please remember, the adjustment period for new pets of any age coming into a home can be very stressful. Problems can pop up quickly and need immediate attention. If you have a veterinarian, even if they haven’t met this little addition yet, never hesitate to call when your pet is in distress.
Be sure to do some research on line (right now!) on puppy and kitty proofing your place, especially during these holidays. They are too busy exploring to worry about safety. That is your job, new mom or dad! Everything from decorations and lights to tree water additives and holiday goodies can be a risk to the furry, inquisitive newcomer.
Here’s wishing you and your pet a lifetime of health and happiness!
Since most pet emergencies happen at the most inopportune times, here is the number and address for The Central Wisconsin Animal Emergency Center. You may as well enter it in your contact list NOW!
(715) 693-6934 1420 I-39 Frontage Rd, Mosinee, WI 54455