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The Vets Food World Guide To Puppies & Kittens

When buying any pet you must always think long and hard about the time, effort, expense and responsibility of looking after and caring for the animal. A decision on buying a pet should never be made lightly or without much thought and planning.

Once the animal is with you it is essential you have a plan in place to care for them, introducing them to a new home, will anyone be around to look after them? Have you got all you need to look after them in the early stages?

All these questions and more will be answered in our handy guide to looking after your new pet.

 

The Basics:

  • Pet proof you house just like you would do with a baby or toddler, make sure they are in no danger or come in to contact with anything harmful. Always keep them in you sight when possible.
  • Make sure you register them with a veterinary practice and ensure that if they have not had their initial injections that you get them done as soon as possible.
  • Get your vet to give them a once over and make regular visits to see your vet so they can keep an eye on the development and health of your pet.
  • Make sure you have the right food for your pet. Supermarket home-brands are usually generic foods which will not cater for the specific requirements of a newly born animal.
  • When introducing a new pet in to your home think about how much time you can spend with them. If everyone in the house works or is not in during the day it would be advisable if you could take some time off while your pet settles in to its new home.
  • Be prepared to be cleaning up a lot of mess! Toilet training should be introduced as soon as possible to get them in to a routine. Some breeds of cats and dogs are more difficult to house train than others.
  • Getting a puppy or kitten through the first year is a long and drawn out process that will require a lot of patience and commitment.
  • Accidents will happen so if they do mess on the floor or chew or scratch any furniture do not get angry at them or raise your voice.
  • Just like having a baby, having a kitten or puppy will be a costly exercise so make sure you research the costs before deciding to buy one.
  • Consistency is the key. Early on your pet needs to know what it can do and what it cant do. If one room is out of bounds one day, don’t allow it to be in there the day after.
  • Always makes sure your puppy or kitten has constant access to fresh water.

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Puppy Tips:

Decide in advance where the puppy will be eating and sleeping. The sleeping or living area should be free from dangers or harmful materials, it is also advisable to make sure there is nothing that they can chew on, furniture, side boards etc. Make sure the feeding area is cleaned every day and that the bowls are washed after used to keep them clean and germ free. A food mat that can be cleaned after eating would be ideal as puppies can tend to pick out food of the bowl and place them on the floor to eat, a clean hygienic mat would help in this situation.

If you plan to have the puppy sleep in a crate then make sure it has a bedding area and a toilet area. Split the crate to have a bed or bedding material in which the puppy can sleep and on the other side place either puppy training pads or newspaper to absorb any mess. Supplementing the bedding area with soft dog toys (fluff free only) will add more comfort to the bedding area and give more indication that this is a safe area in which to sleep and rest. At night cover the crate with a large blanket, this will help the puppy sleep as light reaching it will be minimal if at all, it will also help get the puppy in to a sleeping routine at night.

The most important thing to do with your puppy is spend time with it, get to know each other, allow them to become acclimatised to you and others in the house. Playing with your puppy will help stimulate the brain and promote movement, as you won’t be taking it a walk for the next few months this is a vital factor which impacts both its physical and mental health.

When it comes to choosing the right diet to feed your puppy always ask your vet for advice, you can also CONTACT our very own Vet who will offer you free impartial advice on what food will be best suited for your puppy.

The cost of puppy food should never be a factor, supermarket or pet stores have a lot of generic foods which while they may be easy on your pockets, they wont be so kind on your puppy’s health. Some pet food manufacturers have breed specific puppy diet foods designed so that your particular breed of dog gets all the required nourishment it needs.

For example: Royal Canin Breed Diet French Bulldog 30 Junior Dog Food is tailored for all elements which make up that specific breed of dog. It has specially designed kibble to help in easier chewing and it is designed in a shape which best suits the jaw and teeth structure for that breed. It has all the nutrients required to help build up natural defences and promote safe digestion.

View our full range of BREED SPECIFIC diets to see if your breed is covered and read up on the unique factors which helps make that food better suited for use with your puppy.

If you want to feed your puppy on a wet diet to begin with then a good starting point would be Hills Science Plan Puppy Healthy Development Dog Food with Chicken, these are perfect for meeting the nutritional needs of your puppy as well as having added omega 3 which will help bone growth and joint development.

Get the right diet for your puppy, our full range of puppy foods can be found HERE.

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Kitten Tips:

Kittens can be full of energy one minute and then flat out asleep the next, these bursts of energy and wanting to play should always be under your supervision to start of with while they adapt to their new surroundings. Kittens require a lot of sleep, so while a sleeping kitten may give you the urge to stroke it, try to resist this and allow the kitten to sleep for as long as it can. The right amount of sleep plays a large part of a kittens health and behavioral aspects so it is best that early on in your kittens life it is allowed to develop the right way, this will only make things a lot easier down the road.

Allow your kitten to explore the house, under your watchful eye, as much as you can between the ages of 2-8 weeks to allow your kitten to take in its new home, the sights and sounds, whats safe and what isn’t, what it likes and what it does not like. Be apart of this experience, stay with your kitten  while it explores, stroke it, reassure it and guide it away from harmful situations. This exposure will not only help it get its bearings, but the more exposure to people early on the more sociable they will be later on in life. An unsociable cat is harder to train and will not make things easy for you for the next 15-20 years.

Stimulate your cat with appropriate toys and always try to avoid using your fingers as a play toy, this can lead to much more painful experiences  for your fingers as the cat gets older. In the first few weeks of a kittens life they will want to play with soft objects, this will then lead on to them finding a toy or object they try and hide from or sneak up on. These behaviors are hunting instincts being built up. After this stage interact with your cat with pull toys or cat ticklers, this will help keep your kitten stimulated and active.

When it comes to litter training most kittens will pick it up very quickly, more so than most dogs will pick up toilet training. Kittens learn quickly that the material under its feet is associated with toilet time. The right litter can be beneficial, some prefer the chalk based pellets other prefer a wood based litter.

When it comes to feeding your kitten it is always best to to get advice from your vet or you can also CONTACT our very own Vet who will offer you free impartial advice on what food will be best suited for your kitten. If you got them from a breeder and they had already started them on a particular food find out what food it was and ask your vet if that food is still appropriate.

For Example: Royal Canin Breed Diet Persian 32 Kitten Food has specially designed kibble to improve dental health, formulated to reduce the risk of hairballs, easily digestible and helps support the immune system.

Wet food, dry food or milk supplements all the food to keep your kitten healthy and happy can be found HERE.

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