If you have already acquired a new puppy or kitten congratulations! We hope you have many happy healthy years together. However if you are thinking of getting a new pet and are unsure of how to go about it please contact us here at the hospital and we will be more than happy to help you find the right one for you.

The first few weeks can be daunting and we are on hand to give all the advice and support you will need. The most important thing is to enjoy every step of the way.

When you acquire your new pet we recommend that you come in to us straight away and we can perform a full health check to ensure your pet is in good health.

Puppies

Puppies are great fun and we realise you want the best for your little one. We know you want them to have a great quality of life and protect against disease.

You should bring your new puppy to us as soon as possible for a complete health check. This first visit will probably include:

  • A thorough physical examination to ensure your puppy is in good health.
  • A check for external parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, ear mites)
  • A check for internal parasites (tapeworm, roundworm etc)
  • Initial vaccination
  • Discussion about whether your puppy should be neutered (spayed or castrated) and when we will do that.
  • Advice regarding toilet training and socialisation and any other queries.

Not only does neutering help solve the serious problem of unwanted pet overpopulation but it also carries real health benefits. It helps to minimize the risk for cancers of the mammary glands and reproductive organs in females and reduces the risk of testicualar cancer and prostate problems in the male. It also makes for friendlier, easier to live with pets! We recommend neutering at five months of age.We can discuss any questions you may have at the initial health check.

It is important to feed a good balanced diet and we can advise you on the best diet to feed your new puppy.

Make your puppy feel at home. Show them the special places where he or she can sleep and eat and start toilet training straight away. Puppies find learning easy and fun and with your positive reinforcement they should remember their lessons well. They can be quite overwhelmed in the first few days so give him or her some quiet time to themselves to let them adjust to the unfamiliar sights and sounds of their new home. The very best of luck and remember that we are always on hand to advise you every step of the way!

Kittens

Congratulations on your new kitten! After ‘kittenproofing’ the house your little bundle of fluff with bring you much joy. You should bring your kitten to us for a complete health check to snsure their longevity, happiness and quality of life. This will include:

  • A thorough physical examination to ensure your kitten is in good health.
  • A check for external parasites (fleas, ticks, lice, ear mites)
  • A check for internal parasites (tapeworm, roundworm etc)
  • Initial vaccination
  • Discussion about whether your kitten should be neutered and when we will do that
  • Advice regarding socialisation and play

Neutering for cats helps solve the serious problem of a burgeoning stray cat population but it also makes for friendlier, easier to live with pets. Neutered female cats are more relaxed playful and affectionate while neutered males are calmer and less likely to ‘spray’ or urine mark their territory, wander away from their home or fight. Neutering also eliminates or reduces the risk of cancer later in life.

Cats need a good balanced diet as there are certain ingredients they must obtain from their food. We can advise you on the best food to give.

With sensitive handling and play your kitten should soon be very comfortable with you and their new home. Provide them with lots of opportunities for interesting, challenging play that will satisfy their natural instincts. Toys that they can pretend to hunt and capture and special posts that they can scratch will make everything a lot of fun.

Rabbits

Rabbits make great pets and are really friendly and playful. When getting a rabbit it is important to get one from a reputable petshop or breeder and then to bring your new bunny into us for a check up. Rabbits mature a lot earlier than dogs and cats so if you have 2 rabbits it is important to get them sexed early at 6 weeks of age.  Their first check up will include:

  • A thorough physical examination to ensure your rabbit is in good health
  • A check for external parasites
  • Myxomatosis vaccination
  • Advice regarding neutering of your rabbit
  • Advice on feeding a good balanced diet for your rabbit

Diet is very important for rabbits. They need a good balanced diet and need plenty of roughage. We can advise you on the best way to feed your rabbit.

Rabbits can be very easily housetrained. They are naturally sociable with other rabbits. If they are going outside we do recommend a myxomatosis vaccine.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing you at the hospital with your new rabbit.