A new pet in your family?

A new pet in your family?

Introducing a new pet into the family is exciting, but there’s also a huge amount of responsibility.
Here’s a checklist to ensure your new arrival starts out life in the best possible way.
Vaccinations – one of the key reasons pets are living longer is that we can vaccinate them against a range of infectious diseases.
For dogs this includes distemper, canine hepatitis, parvo virus, leptospirosis, para influenza virus.
In cats, cat flu, feline panleukopenia virus and feline leukaemia.
Regular booster vaccinations, combined with a full health check by your vet, are the best way of protecting your pet.
Fleas – most puppies and kittens will unfortunately arrive with fleas, so it’s always a good idea for your vet to check them over on arrival.
The best form of on-going flea control can then be discussed and started straight away.
Worming – if the parents weren’t regularly de-wormed, the chances are there will be a high prevalence of roundworm infections.
As your pup or kitten grows they are susceptible to infection with both roundworms and tapeworms and will require regular worming treatment. Lungworm is also an increasing risk for dogs in some areas.
Life-stage diets – there are tailored diets for each stage of your pet’s life, right through to those senior years.
Feeding the correct diet can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of pets.
Microchipping – it’s important to have your new pet microchipped – the only permanent form of identification should your pet get lost.
Pet Insurance – having good pet insurance takes away those worries of any unexpected vet bills or ongoing conditions.

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