Three Tips for New Pet Owners

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Did you recently bring home a new pet? If so, congratulations on the new addition! We know this is an exciting time for you and your family, and the team at Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs wants to help you be prepared. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or an experienced one, your new “fur baby” is going to need a health care regimen established as soon as they become a member of your family. Consider the following three things that every new pet owner needs to know, and schedule your pet’s first appointment with us today!

 

  1. Bring Your Pet in for a Wellness Exam

 

Pets of all ages need regular healthcare and preventive care in the form of a comprehensive wellness exam. During the wellness exam, we evaluate your pet from nose to tail to ensure that all of their bodily systems are functioning properly. We also assess their weight, body temperature, and skin/coat. These exams can be conducted annually, bi-annually, or even more frequently, depending on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and health status. If we detect any abnormalities or conditions that could indicate a health problem, we can either recommend treatment or one of our diagnostic services, including digital X-rays, EKG, laboratory services, and ultrasound. We can discuss our recommendations for YOUR pet during the appointment.

 

  1. Vaccinate Your Pet

 

Just like human vaccines, dog and cat vaccines protect against a number of potentially-fatal diseases by helping equipping the body’s immune system to fight off any disease-causing organisms. For dogs, we typically recommend vaccines for rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and adenovirus. For cats, we typically recommend vaccines for rabies, herpesvirus 1, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. We can discuss your pet’s lifestyle, age, and medical history to customize a vaccine schedule specifically for them, as vaccine recommendations can vary for pets of the same species and breed. Although it’s best to establish a vaccination schedule when your pet is a puppy/kitten, it’s never too late to start.

 

  1. Spay/Neuter Your Pet

 

If your new pet is a puppy or kitten, one of the most important aspects to consider is whether or not to spay/neuter them. At Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs, we recommend spaying/neutering for all pets, unless they planned to be used for breeding. These procedures can result in a number of health benefits for your dog or cat. For females, this includes decreasing the risk of uterine infections and breast cancer (when done before the first heat cycle). For males, this includes preventing testicular cancer (if done by 6 months of age) and reducing aggressive behavior. Spaying/neutering can also help with pet overpopulation.

 

Our goal is to partner with you in helping your new pet live a long, happy, healthy life, so by following these three tips, we can do just that! Schedule your new pet’s appointment at Animal Hospital of Colorado Springs today by calling (719) 579-9488. We look forward to meeting them!
 

 

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