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January 2023 Edition: Welcoming New Puppies and Kittens

By December 22, 2023 Freddie's Blog

Dear Steeples Veterinary Clinic Community,

Happy New Year! We hope this newsletter finds you and your pets in good health and high spirits. As we step into a brand new year, our focus for January is on the joys and responsibilities that come with welcoming new puppies and kittens into our homes.

  1. Vaccine Schedule for Puppies and Kittens

One of the first steps in ensuring the well-being of your new pet is following our vaccination schedule. Puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations to protect them against common diseases. For puppies, vaccinations typically include protection against parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, and more. Kittens, on the other hand, need vaccinations for feline herpesvirus, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Consult with our experienced veterinarians to create a personalized vaccine plan tailored to your pet’s needs.

  1. Regular Veterinary Care:

Routine veterinary visits are essential for monitoring the growth and development of your new pet. Regular check-ups allow our veterinarians to identify any potential health issues early on, ensuring prompt and effective treatment. Discuss a schedule for wellness exams, dental care, and parasite prevention during your visits.

  1. Tips and Tricks for Welcoming Them Home:

Welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your home is an exciting time, but it comes with its challenges. Here are some tips and tricks to make the transition smoother:

– Create a Safe Space: Set up a cozy and secure area where your new pet can retreat to when they need some quiet time. This helps them feel safe in their new environment.

– Positive Reinforcement: Use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. Praise and reward your pet when they exhibit desired actions, making the learning process enjoyable for both of you.

– Socialization is Key: Expose your new pet to different people, places, and experiences from an early age. Proper socialization helps prevent behavioral issues and ensures a well-adjusted adult pet.

– Establish a Routine: Pets thrive on routine. Set regular feeding times, play sessions, and walks to provide structure and stability in their lives.


Remember, the Steeples Veterinary Clinic team is here to support you every step of the way on your journey with your new puppy or kitten. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Wishing you and your pets a wonderful start to the new year!

Warm regards,

Steeples Veterinary Clinic

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