A dog poking through a chain link fenceWe love animals of all sizes, breeds, and ages, but puppies and kittens are pretty irresistible. They’re so innocent, wide-eyed, adorable, playful, and silly, it’s easy to overlook the more challenging aspects of raising one in your home.

There’s certainly a fair amount of effort that goes into the rearing of a well-behaved pet, but pet adoption is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. When the following tasks and considerations are carried out, you and your young pet will be on the long, healthy, and joyful road to fulfilling companionship.

All in Good Time

Before you bring home a new puppy or kitten, it’s a good idea to survey your home and property. Check that all windows, doors, fences, and gates are secure, and block off any areas that could entrap them. Power, electrical, or extension cords should be removed or well-hidden to minimize chewing or tripping, as well as any plants, products, or clothing.

If you won’t be home for any given amount of time, ensure your kitten or puppy has a warm, safe place to hang out in your absence. Invest in a sturdy crate or kennel that can safely house your pet for short periods. Schedule someone to check on your new pet if you’re unable to do so.

The Right Stuff

Preceding or directly following your newest pet adoption, you must collect the right supplies. Comfy, warm bedding, age-appropriate toys, hygienic food and water bowls, and the right food for their species and age are all critical to a successful transition.

Setting a Tone

Pet adoption is exciting, and puppies and kittens can become overly rambunctious if given the opportunity.

  • Establish a calm tone and encourage the safe exploration of their new territory.
  • Introduce the litter box or backyard and the locations of all their new stuff.
  • Minimize loud noises.
  • Encourage going to the bathroom frequently (young pets can go when they become too excited).
  • Comfort your puppy or kitten if you notice any signs of stress, fear, or discomfort. Any traumatic experience in the first few months of your new pet’s life can influence how they react later on.
  • Work towards establishing a daily routine.
  • Stay positive, safe, relaxed, and happy.

New Friends

Your young pet may have the chance to live with other animals or children. Introductions should be made quietly and calmly. If needed, separate the parties until they can come together without any problems. Young pets play with their sharp teeth and claws, so be prepared to deal with any minor injuries.

Pet Adoption and Wellness

We recommend scheduling your new pet’s first wellness exam within the first few days following their adoption. Puppies and kittens are given a thorough physical exam, and our veterinarians and staff will discuss the need for vaccinations, spaying/neutering, microchipping, parasite prevention, nutrition, activity levels, behavior, and more. Blood work may also be performed to help us determine your pet’s healthy baseline for future comparison.

Check out our affordable wellness plans, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Congratulations and good luck!