Before bringing home an adorable puppy or kitten, it is a good idea to first find a veterinarian in your area. Get your new pet checked out within 48 hours of bringing him or her home at a veterinarian's office or a mobile vet like Hodges Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. Our veterinarians have some advice to help provide a happy and healthy life for your new furry friend.
Set Up a Vaccination Schedule
Vaccinations are an easy and affordable way to protect your puppy or kitten from many contagious diseases. It is also the law to have your puppy get a rabies vaccination when he or she is 14 weeks old. Kittens need to be at least six weeks old. Some vaccines require multiple doses two weeks apart to be effective. Dogs and cats will need booster shots every year, except for a rabies booster, which can be given every three years.
According to the American Humane Association, ten million pets go missing in America every year. Your chances of being reunited with your beloved pet greatly improve when it is microchipped by a veterinarian. Don’t only rely on collars, because they can slip off.
Parasites like fleas or heartworms are very difficult to avoid, no matter how clean of a home you keep. You can effectively protect your pet from parasites with spot-on treatments placed between the shoulder blades, or with medicated chews. Treatments need to be given year round, since flea eggs and juvenile heartworms can live through the winter. Never give parasite prevention that is designed for dogs to cats, since it is too strong for cats.
Find an Emergency Veterinarian
Pets rarely get sick or injured during a veterinarian's regular office hours. Make sure there is 24-hour, seven days a week care available if your pet has a medical crisis, you need to ask your vet or mobile veterinarian where an emergency vet is located in your area. When you get the contact information, take a quick drive out to the emergency animal hospital, so you know where to go during an emergency.
Find Grooming Services
If your puppy or kitten is long-haired, you will need a groomer to keep your pet looking good. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a good groomer in your area. Many vets offer grooming services.
Are You Looking For an Affordable Vet?
If you have a puppy or kitten and are looking for an affordable vet in the Jacksonville area, contact Hodges Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment. We are a mobile veterinary service that provides quality care for cats and dogs of all ages. Call our team today at (904) 992-1888 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.