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You've just brought your new puppy or kitty home and all you want to do is play with her. While you can play, there is a lot of work to do. The first 3-4 months of your pet's life are the most critical, as experiences during this time will shape his or her personality. Your new puppy or kitty has to learn to navigate a brand new space, and experience pet socialization with other animals in the home.
As you bring home your puppy or kitty, introduce her to one or two family members at a time. Have family members be warm, friendly, and calm. If your family has children, please keep them from being loud as this can scare your new pet. To help your pet develop a positive association with the new faces, have family members offer a treat.
While your family members will love meeting the new pet, other pets may not be so excited about the new family member. Our staff can give you advice on introducing new pets to other animals.
On short walks, you can allow your pup to meet neighbors, widening her world. You can also expose her to cars, bicycles, and other elements. As your pup becomes comfortable in the neighborhood, you can expand her walks to continue to introduce new elements.
The more you can expose your pup to new places, faces, and sights during her impressionable period, the more tolerant she will be as an adult. If your pup never sees a bicycle during this critical period, she may develop a lifelong fear of bicycles that could have been prevented by early exposure.
Puppies can begin obedience training and increase pet socialization after the age of 8 weeks. Between the 2 and 4-month mark, take your puppy to obedience classes to introduce her to other animals and instill basic obedience principles. Working through commands such as “Sit” and “Stay” will increase your bond with your pet and help train her in basic safety commands.
Caring for your new pet includes regular vaccinations and visits with a veterinarian in Austin.
Ongoing wellness care includes protecting pets against fleas and ticks, taking pets to regular veterinarian appointments, and feeding pets a healthy diet. Dogs need regular exercise. Both pets need play and social engagement.
Vaccines prevent against infection diseases, and are a routine part of young animal care. We can assist you in scheduling your new pet's vaccines. Our vets will make vaccination recommendations based on your pet's breed, her lifestyle, and her environment. We will advise you on which vaccines are appropriate for your kitten or puppy.
We are your partners in puppy and kitten health care. Our team will be happy to answer any question you have about new pet care