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Are You Ready to Bring a New Puppy or Kitten Home? Here are 5 Key Things to Consider.

Are you ready to welcome a new puppy or kitten into your family? It is always an exciting time and the team at Nassau Veterinary Clinic want to ensure your new furry family members receive all the care and love they need during this joyful and important period of mental and physical development.

Keep your new pet healthy and safe

  1. ESSENTIAL VACCINES - Natural immunities passed to young animals by their mother last only a few weeks. A series of vaccinations continue protections against disease and will help your pets grow up happy and healthy. Veterinarians recommend immunizing puppies and kittens at approximately 6 to 8 weeks of age.
  1. TO CHIP OR NOT TO CHIP – Be prepared if your pet gets lost. It happens more frequently than you’d expect and it’s why veterinarians encourage pet parents to microchip their new pets, and obtain identification tags. This is also a good time to update your information. Click here to make an appointment with your veterinarian about a microchip for your pet. 
  2. PET LICENSE – Obtaining a license for your pet ensures your pet is easily identified. And most municipalities require pet licenses at the time of a puppy’s or kitten’s first rabies vaccination.
  1. 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 , 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
  2. SOCIALIZATION – Every household member is encouraged to spend quality time with their new furry friends. This includes playing, feeding, and grooming. Many sounds and activities in the home can be distracting doorbells, a mail carrier, the TV and noises from cell phones. Give your new pets time to become familiar with them. It’s also important to help them understand being alone. Teach them to accept time in their crate or gated area by taking a walk, or being in another room, without them.

We are always available to answer your pet ownership questions about care, feeding, housebreaking, socialization and more. Please call us at (518) 245-3223.

Thinking of Getting a New Pet? Consider speaking to any of our wonderful local rescue organizations and animal shelters.

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