Kitten & Puppy Season is Here!
Kitten and puppy season is well upon us and whether you have recently added a new friend to your family or are considering it, Campus Vet Clinic can help you with every step of the process. Whether you have adopted a pet from a local shelter/agency or have gone through a breeder, our well trained staff can help counsel you on everything from house-training and diets to vaccines and spay/neuter surgeries. We are a full service veterinary hospital that strives to provide the highest quality of medical and surgical care possible for its patients-especially the youngest ones. We use the safest anesthesia protocols when performing spays/neuters/dentals and no patient is ever left unattended.
We also offer wellness packages for both kittens and puppies. These packages get your new pet started on all of the necessary preventative health care that he or she will need to stay healthy and happy for the first year of their lives. This includes the initial series of vaccines (usually a set of 3 including rabies), the physical exams, intestinal parasite screening and dewormings. There is also a welcome kit that provides you with lots of helpful information about flea control, diets, etc. The packages are also completely customizable, should your kitten or puppy have received a set of vaccines from the shelter or breeder prior to your adoption. We can tailor the package to suit his or her needs and adjust the cost accordingly.
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How to Puppy Proof Your Home
1. Puppies will chew on everything. Everything. Electrical wires, trash, children’s toys, TV remotes, etc. Put them away in closets or out of reach.
2. Walk around your house and look at every room. Anything that is within reach of your puppy’s mouth should be noted.
3. Make sure that anything within reach is put away, placed somewhere higher or removed altogether. This goes for trash cans, potted plants, place mats, etc.
4. Puppies can cause a lot of damage. Don’t give your puppy the opportunity to chew and destroy your belongings.
5. Part of puppy proofing is managing your dog’s behavior. We highly recommend using crates and baby gates while your puppy is learning the rules of the house.
6. Managing your puppy’s behavior is important. Using a crate is not cruel. A crate can actually save your puppy’s life. A puppy left unattended can chew on electrical cords, choke on toys or get into dangerous toxins.
Tips & Warnings
- Puppy proofing is done until your dog learns what is acceptable to chew on
- Keeping a close eye on your puppy is important
- Common sense is the easiest way to puppy proof
- Don’t leave your puppy unattended
Common Household Dangers
- Calla Lilies
- Sugar-free Gum
- ASPCA poison control hotline & website: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/ (888) 426-4435
How to Kitten Proof your Home
By Simon Yen VMD
- Guard open flames. Purchase a burner cover for stove-top, and never leave a kitten in a room alone with a lit candle or a fireplace.
- Cover or remove items that may be chewed. Many kittens will chew curtain tie-backs and window blind cords. Remove them, cover them or place them out of reach of your cat. Cats can swallow several yards of ribbon or string, which will require surgical removal. Carefully inspect cat toys, and remove tails that may come loose and be swallowed. Keep any sewing baskets or fishing tackle boxes out of the reach of your kitten. Rubber bands and hair ties must be kept safely out of reach.
- Move any cleaning products off the floor or counter tops and store them away in a safe place.
- To avoid a pile of shredded toilet paper, put the roll of toilet paper into a covered container.
- Be careful with recliners and fold-out beds. Kittens can get stuck up under the sofa cushions, down into the bedsprings, or underneath them and get crushed or suffocate.
- Kittens die every day by accidently getting shut inside dish washers, washing machines, clothes dryers, stoves, and dresser drawers. Always check before closing them.
- Wherever you decide to allow your kitten to play or sleep, tuck all electrical cords up and out of reach. Kittens don’t tend to chew as much as puppies, but they do play-attack and bite nearly everything. Electric cords can be particularly tempting, and bitten cords can result in severe burns or even death. You can go to a local hardware or electric store and buy some flexible tubing to wrap the cords in or simply tape them down to the floor.
- Certain indoor plants can be irritating or poisonous if chewed or eaten. The following is a website that gives you an alphabetized list of houseplants that are poisonous to your cat including what types of symptoms you might expect and a photograph of each plant.
Watch your kitten closely for the first week. He or she will let you know if there is anything you have forgotten to kitten-proof. These easy steps can minimize the risks for your new kitten. Look through the eyes of a cat when determining potential problem areas around your home.