Puppy & Kitten Pet Care From Foster Animal Hospital, Serving Concord NC
Like You, We’re Softies for Puppies and Kittens
Welcoming a puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting time. Some people say getting a new pet is sort of like falling in love. We share your joy, but our primary role is to help you get that new puppy or kitty on the path of good health.
Count on Foster Animal Hospital to provide the necessary veterinary attention that is required in those early weeks and months. It’s likely you’ll have questions on diet, behavior, grooming, training, and more. We’re here to help. Consider us your reliable resource for supportive and friendly advice.
First Check Up
Generally, try to set your first visit within 24–72 hours of bringing your new pet home. Bring any medical or adoption records you have and a stool sample. During that first visit, we’ll examine your pet thoroughly. It is very common for puppies and kittens to have fleas and/or intestinal parasites, which we will treat immediately to avoid contaminating your home. Kittens are routinely tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and FIV, so that other cats won’t be exposed to these diseases. We’ll also usually begin vaccinations. During a pet’s infancy, mother’s milk provides much-needed immunity from disease. Once the pet is weaned, vaccinations play a key role in ensuring health.
Spaying or Neutering
Unless you plan to breed your cat or dog, we highly recommend that pets are spayed or neutered at 5–6 months of age. Early spaying or neutering can prevent many health issues, such as mammary tumors and pyometra, and unwanted behaviors, such as roaming, urinating in the house, and territorial aggression. “Fixing” your pet also prevents overpopulation and unwanted heat cycles and pregnancies.
At Foster Animal Hospital, we make sure our babies are safe and comfortable during and after surgery. Read more about how we provide the best possible care for our spay and neuter patients.
Preparing Your Home
All puppies are adorable, but one of the biggest challenges of adopting a young one is housebreaking! Here’s some helpful housebreaking advice to get you started.
As cute as kittens are, they do need to scratch to scent and visually mark their territory, exercise, and relieve stress. Getting, or making, a good scratching post or two will set you and kitty up for success.