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Follow These Five Steps When Bringing Home a New Pet
Follow These Five Steps When Bringing Home a New Pet

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is one of life's highlights. “Getting the relationship with a new pet off to the right start requires equal parts care, nurturing and guidance,” says veterinarian Dr. David Cook. “All of these things contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of your pet.” 

Dr. Cook suggests pet owners follow these five steps to build a healthy foundation with their new puppy or kitten.

Step One: Pet proof your home – Before bringing your pet home, make sure they won't be able to get at string, ribbon, yarn, small household items or medication that can be swallowed. Some houseplants can be toxic for pets if ingested, and should therefore be moved to a safe location.

Step Two: Choose the right food – Make sure to feed your pet a food that is appropriate for his or her life stage, starting with a pet food precisely formulated for puppies and/or kittens, such as Hill's Science Diet Healthy Development.

Step Three: Housetrain your pet – Train your puppy by routinely taking him to the desired area and allowing him to sniff around. Set a kitten's litter box up in a convenient location and keep it clean.

Step Four: Encourage positive behavior – Reward your puppy with treats immediately following good behavior. Never swat, spank, shake or yell at your puppy or kitten or engage in behavior that could cause them to be frightened of you.

Step Five: Be a responsible pet owner – Schedule regular visits with your veterinarian for immunizations and examinations to ensure the optimal health of your pet.

You can find more information about puppy and kitten care and nutrition at facebook.com/sciencedietcanada.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Connection-Programs-inc-Marilla-NY/114420508616511?ref=ts. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)



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