New Puppies and Kittens

What could be more fun or exciting than welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home? The team at Deer Park Animal Hospital looks forward to helping you with this experience. During our first meeting we will thoroughly examine your new pet, answer any questions you may have, and discuss a preventative health program tailored to you and your pet's lifestyle. Read on to find practical tips to prepare for your new puppy or kitten, and to make the first few days easier. Don't forget to make an appointment for that first physical exam as soon as possible.

Your New Kitten

Ideally, kittens should be at least 6 weeks old before being removed from their mother's care. Organizing a small area for your kitten to become comfortable in your home will help him/her adjust to the new surroundings. The food and the litter box should be at different corners of the space, and you should provide a bed as well. Kittens are naturally fastidious, and most will automatically use a litter box. The type of litter you choose is up to you.
Feed your kitten kitten food that is labeled for growth. Remember, because the kitten is a baby and is growing rapidly, he/she will need to eat at least three times a day. Water should be available at all times.
If you use a collar, make sure that it is a break-away collar that will release easily if the kitten becomes caught on something. Kittens are extremely playful, and you will want to provide some toys. Avoid providing anything with string or yarn, as these can be dangerous if the kitten ingests them.
If you have other cats in the household, make sure they are current on vaccines before bringing the kitten home. Keep the kitten separated from them for the first couple of days. Letting them hear and smell the kitten first will ease the transition and also protect them from viral diseases and parasites that the kitten might be carrying. Always have your kitten checked in the office by us before allowing them to meet your other feline pets. As they will likely be sharing the litter pan, be sure to have the new kitten's stool tested at our office as soon as possible. In addition, we will want to test your new baby for the retroviral diseases, feline leukemia and feline immunosuppressive virus, if they weren't already tested before you brought them home.

Your New Puppy


Puppies love to play, and they will chew on anything. Remove any small objects that the puppy might swallow, along with electrical cords and any items you may want to preserve. Make sure that any toys you provide cannot be chewed apart or swallowed, and remember that your new pup can't distinguish between his toys and your good shoes. When your puppy mouths and chews on you, he or she is generally trying to elicit a play response. Redirect the behavior by giving the puppy something appropriate to chew on or starting a game of fetch.
A crate is an excellent way to keep a new puppy safe when he/she is not being supervised - the crate should be placed in an area of the house that has still been puppy-proofed . Keeping the puppy confined to the crate and a smaller area of your home will make it easier to housetrain him/her. They should be taken outside to eliminate every two or three hours, after they eat, and whenever they are removed from their crate. When they void outside, the reward should be immediate.
Focus on establishing a routine and using positive reinforcement at this stage. Successful training will increase your enjoyment of your new pet, and a well-trained dog will be a happier, better adjusted member of your family. We plan to help you keep this new family member around for a long, healthy life, and a little extra effort at the beginning will be worth it. We recommend puppy classes, and can also direct you to an effect trainer if desired. Feed your puppy a diet labeled for growth. Large breed puppies should be fed a diet specifically designed for their special needs, and toy breeds may prefer smaller-sized kibble. Avoid supplements unless we specifically advise them - most are unnecessary if you are feeding a good-quality balanced dog food, and some can even be dangerous.
If you have an older dog, make sure his/her vaccines are current before bringing the new puppy home. Puppies can come home with internal or external parasites,or viral infections, and ideally should be checked within the first couple of days that you have them, so that anything infectious can be treated promptly. Make sure your older dog also gets plenty of attention and regular breaks from the new arrival.
Intestinal parasites
Many new puppies and kittens come bearing unwanted gifts-parasites that can be transmitted to your other pets or family members. Don't forget to bring a stool sample with you to the office so that we can test for parasites and start any necessary treatment.
Puppy and kitten care in Fremont CAVaccination protocols and recommendations should e individualized to your pet. Rabies vaccinations are required by law in Suffolk county. Your pet's environment and lifestyle will determine which other vaccines are recommended. We will discuss your individual situation with you and recommend a vaccine plan that is right for for each patient.
Preventative Health
Preventing external parasites such as fleas and ticks, is important and has never been easier.
Heartworm Prevention
All dogs should be on a preventative medication for heartworm disease. Heartworm is carried by mosquitoes and can cause permanent damage to your dog's cardiovascular system. A simple blood test will ensure that your dog is not infected, and a monthly medication will prevent future infection. We will normally send new puppies home with their first pill following their initial visit.
Spaying and Neutering
Spaying or neutering pets is extremely important. It will prevent unwanted litters and there are many health benefits for both males and females, including a decreased incidence of certain types of infections and cancers. At Deer Park Animal Hospital, these surgeries are treated as the major procedures that they are. The surgery is performed by our staff veterinarians. You will meet with your pet's doctor the morning of surgery, and they will call you after the procedure is completed. We perform pre-surgical bloodwork on your pet to insure that they can be safely anesthetized, they are fully monitored throughout the surgery, and we recommend an overnight stay so that they can have appropriate pain mangagement and be re-evaluated the next day.
We believe communication is the key to a great relationship between us and our clients. We are always available to answer your questions. We welcome you and your new pet to our extended family and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with you and your pet. Welcome to Deer Park Animal Hospital!