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Puppy & Kitten Starter Packs

DID YOU KNOW as well as offering our pet care plans we also offer puppy and kitten starter packs for an amazing £59!!

This includes:

  • Primary vaccination course (including kennel cough for dogs)

  • Microchip

  • 1 months flea and worm treatment

  • 20% off neutering

  • 4 weeks free insurance

  • Free bag of Royal Canin food

 

Now the school holidays have started many people are considering buying a puppy or kitten. But are you prepared?

Before buying your fur baby:

  1. Can I look after this pet for the rest of their life?

    1. Dogs can often live to 14 years old and older

    2. And cats can live into their late teens

  2. Can I afford a pet?

    1. Pets are an expensive commitment. Firstly there is the annual vaccinations and parasite control, then veterinary bills which are often in the thousands, as well as food, bedding and toys etc

    2. The cost of a pet varies greatly depending on their size, but if you don’t have the money to pay for very expensive veterinary bills like most people then it is vital you take out pet insurance so you are covered for these costs.

  3. Do I understand how to care for a pet?

    1. Before buying your pet you must understand the basic needs of the pet including which diet to provide, what preventative health care is necessary and the socialisation and exercise requirements.

    2. Certain breeds may be more suited to you depending on the time you have, what other pets you have and your lifestyle so it’s very important to research many breeds before deciding which to buy. Breed books are very useful for this.

  4. Do I live in suitable accommodation with adequate space for a pet?

    1. If you are purchasing a dog it is important they have a secure outdoor space in order to be toilet trained and to play outside.

    2. Large breeds need plenty of room inside and out.

    3. On the whole cats cope much better with an indoor and outdoor lifestyle. However cats are regularly involved in road traffic accidents so if you live on a main road then an outdoor cat would not be suitable.

  5. Where to buy my pet?

    1. If you are buying a puppy or kitten and not rescuing it is very important to buy from a responsible breeder. Unfortunately there are many many puppy farms around disguised as families so it is important to avoid these.

    2. For a pure breed dog ensure they are kennel club registered, then you know the bitch is of a suitable age to breed and both the bitch and the dog have been health screened to ensure responsible breeding.

    3. It is very important to SEE THEM SUCKLE! You must always be able to see the mum and at least photos of the dad otherwise don’t buy.

 

BRINGING UP YOUR FUR BABY

Puppies

The socialisation period:

The first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life is the socialisation period and is crucial for their development to ensure you have a happy and healthy dog in the future. During this time your puppy learns what is normal and what isn’t.

Therefore it is important during this time to get your puppy used to:

  • Other dogs – as long as they are fully vaccinated

  • Other people – including people wearing hats, holding umbrellas and of different sizes and ages

  • Other animals – Get them used to cats and other animals in the house to ensure they leave them alone

  • Being left alone – If you leave your puppy from a young age they will think this is normal. If you never leave them as a puppy and then leave them as an adult dog they will find this very stressful and develop separation anxiety. It is important to leave them regularly and for increasing periods of time from a young age.

  • Loud noises – ensure they are used to bangs, fireworks, the hoover, the lawn mower so they are happy all these things are normal!

  • Being left in crate – This is for their safety so when they are left they aren’t able to chew things that can cause them harm. It is important that your puppy goes in the crate of their own accord and always has positive experiences in there.

Dog training:

  • It is important to start training early and to attend puppy classes to ensure you learn how to train your puppy effectively.

  • Recall is very important and must be established before your puppy is 6 months of age. This is because until this point your puppy will naturally want to be with you, however after this they get their ‘nose’ and the rest of the world is much more exciting so you must be able to call them back!

  • It is important high impact sports such as agility and flyball aren’t started until your dog is at least 1 year old.

  • Ensure your puppy is very happy to be handled, touch their ears, feet, groom them and rub your fingers along there gums so they are used to tooth brushing.

 

Kittens

The socialisation period:

This is very similar to puppies and happens in the first 12 weeks of life. Your kitten will learn what is and isn’t normal and will gain confidence and be more interested in human interaction if they are handled and exposed to many things early in life. Therefore it is important in this time to get your kitten used to:

  • Other dogs and cats – (as long as the cats are fully vaccinated)

  • Other people – including people wearing hats, holding umbrellas and of different sizes and ages

  • Loud noises – ensure they are used to bangs, fireworks, the hoover, the lawn mower so they are happy all these things are normal!

  • Being handled, groomed, and having their ears, mouth and feet touched

  • Being in the cat carrier and travelling in the car

It is important to keep your cat indoors until they are neutered and microchipped which is usually performed at 5 months of age. This is for their safety, to ensure they aren’t lost or stolen and to ensure there are no unwanted kittens as cats are extremely efficient breeders!

Category: Small Animals