Must Know New Pet Owner Information
Congratulations on becoming a first-time pet owner! Along with the excitement and happiness that a new pet brings into the home, a new pet also comes with a huge responsibility. Whether you recently got a new puppy/kitten or adopted a pet in-need of their forever home, Hull Veterinary Clinic is here to help you navigate your experience as a dog or cat owner. On this page, you will find everything you need to know to keep your new pet happy, healthy and, most importantly, safe!
Pet Services Your New Pet Will Require in the First 12 Months
Veterinary Exam (First Appointment, Ongoing)
Not only do we want to meet your new four-legged friend, but it’s also important that they get to know us too! During an examination, we take the time to get to know you and your pet and to better understand their lifestyle. We will also perform a head-to-tail exam to ensure that your pet is healthy. This is a great time to ask us any questions you may have.
Puppy Vaccinations and Kitten Vaccinations (Week 8, Week 12, Week 16)
Starting a proper vaccination program early will help keep your pet healthy for life. When the immunity derived from the mother’s milk starts to wane, it is important to carefully schedule your pet’s vaccinations so that their own immune system is ready to protect them against diseases.
Dog Vaccinations and Cat Vaccinations (Every 1-3 Years)
Vaccines help protect against common infectious diseases seen in cats and dogs. They stimulate the body’s immune system to attack and “remember” the infectious organism to help it fight the infection in the future, if necessary. Many pets become seriously ill if they haven’t been vaccinated because their body is unable to fight off viruses effectively. Vaccines have prevented death and disease in millions of pets. They also protect people from diseases, such as rabies, that can be transmitted from pets to humans.
Cat Deworming (Week 2 up to 6 months)
Deworming is an important part of your pet’s preventive health care program. Intestinal parasites can infect cats and dogs, especially when they venture outdoors. Parasites can rob your pet of vital nutrients and cause digestive problems. Some can also be transmitted to other animals and humans. The veterinarian will discuss with you about your pet’s risk level for parasites and set up a deworming schedule adapted to their needs.
Dog Spaying & Neutering and Cat Spaying & Neutering (Around 6 months)
Spaying or neutering is an act of responsible pet parenting. Not only are you helping control pet overpopulation but spaying or neutering also helps eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of developing certain health and behavioural problems.
Dog Microchipping and Cat Microchipping (Anytime)
We strongly recommend microchipping your pet because it’s a sure-fire way of keeping track of your furry friend. For instance, if your dog’s collar breaks off and he runs away or if your cat slips out the front door. If found, a permanent form of identification will make it easier to return your pet home. You can have your pet microchipped at our clinic at any time. However, it is more common to do it while they are being neutered or spayed.
Dog Fleas & Tick Prevention and Cat Flea Control (Year-round)
It is important to make an appointment for your pet’s annual check-up to get a prescription for a flea and tick prevention treatment that will protect them from dangerous parasites. Parasite prevention is particularly important from spring to fall and for pets who travel often. Call us to discuss the importance of year-round parasite prevention.
Even though they are more interested in what you are eating, cats and dogs have specific dietary needs depending on their age, lifestyle and current health. Our veterinarians will provide nutrition advice to ensure your pet is getting a well-balanced diet.
Puppy socialization classes and cat training (from 12 to 18 months)
If you have a puppy or a kitten, you can teach them habits that will keep them healthy for life. Whether it’s puppy socialization classes or feline enrichment games, our team can suggest different techniques and options that are suitable for your pet’s behaviour and lifestyle.
Health Insurance and Veterinary Savings Account
You should consider the financial implications of pet ownership before adding a new member to your family. In addition to ongoing preventive care and annual check-ups, we encourage our clients to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise. We recommend that you research the different health insurance options, in particular Trupanion, or open a separate savings account earmarked for veterinary expenses where you can deposit funds on a monthly basis. This way, you can provide for your pet’s future needs without the added stress!
What to Expect On Your First and Future Appointments
At Hull Veterinary Clinic, we are here to help you feel confident as a new pet owner! Our team of experienced and compassionate veterinary professionals can answer any questions you might have and even provide essential information you didn’t know you needed. We will assess your pet’s health and provide the recommended care. From birth to their golden years, we are here to meet all your pet’s needs.
You can count on us to provide superior care and excellent service every single time you walk through our doors. Call 819.777.1333 to schedule an appointment and ensure your furry friend gets the proper care to live a long and healthy life by your side.