Caring for Your Puppy & Kitten: A Happy Start for Your New Pets
Puppies and kittens require special care and a positive approach for a terrific start in life. Center City Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive care, individualized health planning, and personal support to pet owners during that important first year of life.
Support During the Puppy & Kitten Stage
We all love puppies and kittens: that is, until they chew up your shoes, scratch your children, eliminate on the carpet, or whine all night long. We help you understand these and other troubling behaviors, and help you learn to address them positively and successfully.
Some behaviors can be attributed to medical issues, such as an acute illness or parasites. Our veterinarians are experienced in diagnosing and treating illnesses and diseases that may be the source of your pet’s behavioral problem. Most often, however, we find that troubling behaviors are the result of accidental reinforcement, and will respond to proper training techniques.
Help with New Pets
It is far easier, for both pets and people, to reinforce positive behavior from the onset. For issues such as socializing young pets, basic training, introducing your puppy or kitten to your household, and more, we offer counseling, information, and support. To assist you in the proper approach to handling and care, we offer these helpful handouts:
- Puppy Preventive Care
- Training, Socializing & Feeding Your Puppy
- Kitten Preventive Care
- Training, Socializing & Feeding Your Kitten
- Spaying & Neutering
- At Home Dental Care
- Your Indoor Cat
- Adult Annual Visit & Microchips
- Puppy Socialization Classes
Of course, we discuss all aspects of your pet’s health and wellbeing at every wellness visit, from disease prevention to proper nutrition. We encourage you to bring your questions and concerns to us at that time (we love lists!).
If a troubling behavior or symptom arises between visits, you are always invited to contact us for guidance or to schedule an appointment.
Low Stress Handling & Behavioral Change
Our veterinary team embraces the concept of low stress handling. This approach allows us to care for your pets with confidence and safety, while promoting a trusting, more relaxed environment.
To change behavior in pets, we encourage this simple approach: remove the rewards for undesirable behavior and focus instead on rewarding good behavior. The method, combined with attention to timing, body language, and motivation, helps establish a relationship of trust between pets and people.