All of our staff here have welcomed beautiful little animals into their home at different stages, from tiny babies who need the initial round-the-clock care, adopted strays, right up to seniors who need additional support. Regardless of age or circumstance, we look after all animals with the utmost love.
During Covid 19, there has been an overall increase in the amount of pet adoptions which is fantastic. Pets are wonderful companions and a beautiful addition to a family home. Have you recently welcomed a new puppy or kitten into your home? Firstly, congratulations! The first year of your puppy or kitten’s life is lots of fun for both of you – so enjoy it!
Owning a pet is a big responsibility. A privilege. It’s a lifelong commitment that requires care and compassion. Along with registering and microchipping your pet (to ensure their safe return if lost), there are also lots of preventative health issues to consider when purchasing a pup or kitten. They are vaccinations, desexing, heartworm prevention, worming and flea control, dental health care, puppy socialisation and training, exercise, bathing and feeding.
Feeding your new puppy or kitten
A high-quality balanced diet is very important particularly during your pet’s first 12 months. They have very different nutritional requirements to an adult, including extra protein requirements for muscle development and calcium for bone growth. We recommend Hill’s Science Diet VetEssentials Puppy and Kitten – a premium range of commercial pet food. At least 75% of your pup or kitten’s diet should be derived from a balanced diet. They should be fed 3-4 small meals a day until 4 months of age, then twice daily at least until fully grown. Science Diet VetEssentials, along with regular exercise and visiting your vet for regular veterinary checks ups maximises your pet’s potential for a happy and healthy future.
If you have brought your gorgeous new family member home but unsure of the next steps, feel free to come in for a puppy or kitten consultation. The vets and nurses will provide you with lots of information and equip you with the knowledge to help care for your new pet.