Pet care tips from Coquet Vets: Christmas puppies and kittens

Posted on 14th December 2020 | in Community

Christmas is frequently a popular time of year for families to get a new puppy or kitten. We thought we would re-visit some pointers we at Coquet Vets feel is important to cover for your new family pet.

l-r: Clinical director Emily Renton with vet Rebecca Mackay, vet nurses Rosie Anderson and Sue Joyce, together with friends Iona and Winston

1. Come and meet us!
We love to see you and your new addition and offer free puppy/kitten health checks.

2. Vaccinations
It is important we ensure your pet receives their core course of vaccines at the correct intervals to ensure their protection is maintained as the antibodies from their mothers fall. Until your new pet has received their full vaccination course we strongly advise they are kept indoors.

3. Fleas and worming
Ensuring your pet is covered against pesky parasites is important. Young animals can easily carry a parasitic burden so getting a fresh weight and the appropriate treatments on board is key.

4. Microchipping
It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped in the UK, However this is not the case for cats. It is important that owners always keep details up to date in relation to your pet’s microchip.

5. Insurance
There are many insurance companies and it can seem a daunting task going through them all. We strongly recommend insurance is taken out for your new pet. Through a provider we offer 4 weeks free insurance following a health check with one of our vets.

6. Socialisation
Your new pet is learning all the time so exposing them to different stimuli is very important. This can range from meeting family members to playing with their feet and ears to brushing their teeth!

7. Christmas Hazards!
It is very important to be aware of hazards for your new pet. However at Christmas it is even more so due to the increased number of hazards around! Hazards include chocolate, tinsel, baubles, mince pies and so much more…
If you believe your pet has consumed anything then please call us immediately as many of these hazards can result in a life threatening illness.

Please call us on 01665 252250 for more information or go to our website www.coquetvets.co.uk.

Have a Happy Christmas,
from the team at Coquet Vets

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