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Four Really Important Ways to Make Your New Puppies and Kittens Safe and Healthy

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your family is an exciting time, and the team at Otterkill Animal Hospital wants to ensure your new furry family members receive all the love and care they need during this joyful and important period of mental and physical development.

Keep your new pet healthy and safe

  1. CORE VACCINES - Remember, the immunities passed on to a young animal by its mother last only a few weeks. A series of vaccinations will protect against disease and help your new pet grow up to be a happy and healthy adult. Veterinarians recommend puppy and kitten immunizations start at 6 to 8 weeks of age.
  2. PET LICENSE – Obtaining a license for your pet ensures he or she is easily identified. And most municipalities require pet licenses at the time of a first rabies vaccination.
  3. WELLNESS PLANS – Our Paws4Wellness programs offer valuable savings and convenient 12-monthly payments for continuing health and wellness care for your new pet. Check out our Paws4Wellness options here.
  4. SOCIALIZING YOUR PET– Every household member is encouraged to spend quality time with their new furry friends playing, feeding, and grooming. Many sounds and activities in a new home can be distracting doorbells, a mail carrier, the TV and noises from cell phones. Give your new a chance to become familiar with them. It’s also important to help them understand being alone. Teach them to accept time in a crate or gated area by taking a walk, or being in another room, without them.

We are always available to answer your pet ownership questions, about care, feeding, housebreaking, socialization and more. Please call us at (845) 205-7059.

Thinking of Getting a New Pet? Consider speaking to any of our wonderful local rescue organizations and animal shelters.