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.

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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:

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.

Learn more about this positive approach to handling and training your pet at Dr. Sophia Yin’s blog as well as digital and print resources.

“Bailey absolutely loves going! Every time we take a walk past their building, Bailey waits at the door to go in. He doesn't even notice when they give him a shot because he's so preoccupied with the treats the technician is giving him.”

“After struggling to get appointments at my old vet I was thrilled to find that Center City Vet is not only flexible, but friendly, affordable and knowledgable. I have felt nothing but appreciated and welcomed at this practice. My cats even seemed to have the best appointments of their lives (in terms of calmness) due to the gentle but thorough. I think the greenies treats helped too! Highly recommend this practice!”

“My dog Molly has been a patient since we adopted her at 6 months old. She loves Dr. Cohen as much as we do. He is a brilliant veterinarian with a love for animals you expect from a Vet but rarely find.” — Joshua

“Dr. Cohen and the rest of the staff at Center City vet are fantastic. They are very quick when an appointment is needed and thorough. My cat Dexter and I have become spoiled because they take such good care of him! Thanks for everything you guys do!” — Emilee

“I have been bringing my dog to Center City Vet Hospital since they first opened. All of the staff is extremely professional and caring. I am glad to see that their business continues to grow without any effect on the quality of their service. I highly recommend taking your pet here.”

“The staff at CCVH are incredible. They go out of their way to ensure our pup is getting the best care possible. Our rescue dog has extreme separation anxiety, and he has always been available to help answer our questions, no matter what the concern. The facility is beyond bright and clean, and is by far the best vet hospital in the city.”

“The staff is so nice and the hospital is very efficient and clean.  It’s never too crowded and we’re in and out for a physical/vaccine update in about 30-40 min.  I lived around the corner when I first adopted my dog, so I went to CCVH out of convenience, but after moving across town and loving the service, I continued going.”

“The nurses are kind and caring. My dogs even like to go visit regularly. What dog do you know likes to go to the vet just to visit and say hi ??!   They have always fit my animals in, even when they are booked. Their prices are extremely reasonable, unlike other neighborhood veterinarians. ”

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