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5 Important Things You Need to Know When You Bring a New Puppy or Kitten Home.

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your family is an exciting time, and everyone at Grafton Animal Hospital is committed to helping you keep him or her healthy right from the start.

Our veterinarians and staff want to ensure your new furry family member receives all the love and care he or she needs most during this crucial period of mental and physical development.

Keep your new pet healthy and safe

  1. ESSENTIAL VACCINES - Remember, the immunities passed on to a young animal by its mother last only a few weeks. Series of vaccinations protect against disease and helps ensure your pet grows to be a happy, healthy adult. Veterinarians recommend puppy and kitten immunizations start at approximately 6 to 8 weeks of age.
  1. PET LICENSE – Obtaining a license for your pet ensures your pet will be easily identified and returned home quickly and safely if he or she ever gets lost. Most municipalities require pet licenses around the time of your puppy or kitten’s first rabies vaccination.
  1. 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. Click here to learn more about how our wellness plans are a great way to get your puppy or kitten started off on the right “paw” with their preventative care.
  2. SOCIALIZATION – Encourage every member of your household to spend quality time with your new furry friend, this should include playing, feeding, and grooming. Various sounds and activities in your home will also take getting used to – the doorbell, the mail carrier, the TV, the various noises from cell phones. Allow your pet time to become familiar with these sounds. Another important part of socialization is learning to be alone You should train your pet to spend time alone in their crate or a gated area. Go for walks or spend time in another room without your pet for periods of time.
  1. MICROCHIP YOUR PET - Are you prepared if one of your pets gets lost? It’s a scary thought and more common than you may think. Veterinarians encourage pet parents to make sure your pets have identification tags and/or are microchipped. Please make sure all information is up to date. If you’re interested in a microchip, click here to request an appointment to microchip your pet. 

We are also available to answer your pet ownership questions, about topics such as care, feeding, housebreaking, socialization and more. Please call us at (757) 384-9399

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