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August 2015: Taking Care Of Your New Puppy or Kitten

Congratulations on your newest addition to the family! Now that you have a pet to care for there are several things you will need to consider. Firstly, it is important to take your new puppy or kitten to the veterinarian for a general health check. Your vet will be able to give you advice regarding basic care as well as give them any vaccinations they may be due for. In the meantime, have a look at our helpful tips for caring for your new fur friend. 
Puppies and kittens should be fed a combination of both a high quality commercial food and natural foods to ensure a balanced diet is maintained. Natural foods include raw meat, raw meaty bones and vegetables. Also ensure your pet has an adequate supply of fresh, clean water.
Although your new puppy or kitten may want to share your bed, it is important to provide them with a warm, dry bed of their own. Use bedding that can easily be cleaned and dried and ensure their bed is placed somewhere warm and private. Hint: puppies and dogs prefer Beds that are flat open surfaces where they can stretch out, whereas kittens and cats navigate to beds that are more enclosed and cosy. 
Regular grooming is essential, particularly for long-haired pets. Try to start grooming your puppy or kitten early so it becomes an enjoyable bonding activity and part of their routine care. Specific Dog Brushes and Cat Brushes can assist in removing dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds, tangles and will reduce the amount of fur shed from your pet. 

Playing and Training

Play time is a great way to bond and get to know your new fur friend. During playtime you will get to notice your kitten is very playful and curious towards
Cat Toys you may give them, which is actually them developing their instinctive hunting behaviours. Play time is a good opportunity to teach your kitten good manners however be careful; sometimes can end in your fur friend getting a little carried away. Remember to make sure the fun ends if the claws come out. And if playing outside, place a bell on your kitten’s collar to keep them and the native animals safe.

Unlike kittens, puppies require a little more work during play and training. In order to ensure the best start to your lives together it is important to; 
Provide plenty of exercise
Provide mental stimulation and Dog Toys
Teach and review basic obedience commands
Conduct leadership exercises 
Promote socialisation with other dogs and people
Health Care
Your new puppy or kitten will require annual visits to the vet for vaccinations, boosters and general health checks. In regards to flea, tick and worm treatments for your Puppies and Kittens, Canada Vet has a range of products to help combat and prevent these issues without the need for a prescription. 



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