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Congratulations on your new kitten!
Your kitten will require a series of vaccines that will provide immunity against disease for about one year. Annual boosters are needed to keep this level of immunity high enough to protect your kitten from illness. If your pet is vaccinated at Lakewood Animal Hospital, you will receive reminders in the mail each year when your kitten is due for its annual vaccinations.
Your kitten should be fed a kitten food until he or she is about 6 to 12 months old. Then switch gradually to an adult food by mixing the old and the new foods together for about two weeks. This helps avoid intestinal upset from changing foods. Your pet will have a longer healthier life on a good quality diet such as Medi-cal or Orijen. Too many treats and snacks lead to fussy eating habits, obesity and digestive upsets. Give your pet praise and affection for rewards, not food! He'll love you just as much.
Spay or neuter your kitten. Altered pets live longer, are healthier in old age, have fewer behavioral problems and don't contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. We recommend spaying or neutering your kitten between 6-8 months of age.
Your kitten will soon have a full set of adult teeth. Good dental care is essential to your pet's well being. Regular brushing will slow plaque and tartar build-up as your kitten gets older. By the time they are two to five years old, however, they might have enough tartar build-up to begin needing annual dental cleanings here at the veterinary clinic. A cat that gets good dental care throughout its life will live an average of 15-20% longer than one that does not. Your pet will have fresher breath, less pain from periodontal disease and be healthier and more energetic.
Enjoy! Your kitten's boundless joy, love and energy are a precious thing to have.
- String, ribbon, yarn, sewing supplies and other small household items
- Paper clips, erasers, staples, rubber bands, plastic bags and twist ties
- Coins, small board game pieces, fragile keepsakes and ornaments
- Medication, vitamins, pill bottles, dental floss, razors and cotton balls
- Household and automotive chemicals ("pet-safe" antifreeze is available)
- Toxic houseplants, including philodendron, mistletoe and poinsettia Toxic garden plants, including lily, azalea, daffodil, tomato and hydrangea
- Provide kitten-safe toys to keep your kitten occupied
- Use covered trashcans in your house and garage
- Keep kitchen countertops clean and clear of food items to reduce temptation
- Store household chemicals and poisons in a locked cabinet
- Keep toilet lids down so your kitten can't fall in or drink from the bowl
- Keep electrical cords and wires out of sight or secured to walls
- Secure dangling blind and curtain cords out of reach
- In winter, rinse your cat's paws with warm water and towel dry after outings to rinse off snow and melting chemicals that irritate the footpads and mouth
- Keep your cat indoors and safe from extreme weather conditions year round
- Consider planting Timothy grass or fresh catnip in a stable pot indoors to entice your kitten and safeguard ornamental plants
We hope that your new kitten is well on its way to a long and happy life as a member of your family. To keep your kitten healthy for a lifetime will require on-going care. This list should help you to understand what health care needs your pet will have in the years to come.
Please call us with any questions or problems with your kitten. Most medical problems are less costly to your pet's well being and to your pocketbook if they are dealt with early. The same is true of behavioral problems. The earlier you contact us or your trainer regarding a problem behavior, the sooner you can solve it. Behaviors such as inappropriate urination, digging, running away, chewing, and aggression can almost always be changed if you ask for help.
Kitten Proofing Your Home
Playful and intelligent kittens investigate objects by touching, chewing and tasting them. Growing kittens love to explore, but need protection from household items that are dangerous if swallowed.
Dangerous Items to Keep Away From Your Kitten:
More Ways to Keep Your Kitten Safe:
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Here we share a helpful Trusted Tip on the REGINA DIRECTORY about the dangers of anti - Freeze and your pet
With the impending cold weather now and the corner, antifreeze poisoning is a concern. Most cases of antifreeze poisoning occur around the pet's own home and are usually due to improper storage or disposal. As a precaution, vehicle owners should practice safe usage, storage and disposal of antifreeze to help prevent accidental ingestion.
Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in almost all major antifreeze brands, has an inviting aroma, a sweet flavor. Its appealing smell and taste often tempt animals and children to drink the highly poisonous substance. It only takes a few tablespoons of highly toxic antifreeze to seriously jeopardize an animal's life. Pet guardians need to know how to help keep antifreeze away from animals, as well as detect the early symptoms of antifreeze poisoning.
The following guidelines help pet owners avoid pet exposures to antifreeze.
- Always clean up antifreeze spills immediately.
- Check your car regularly for leaks.
- Always store antifreeze containers in clearly marked containers and in areas that are inaccessible to your pets.
- Never allow your pets to have access to the area when you are draining antifreeze from your car.
Clinical signs can start within 1 hour of ingestion. They include: vomiting, wobbly gait (ataxia), depression within 1-3 hours, increased drinking, fine muscle tremors and panting. During the next 12-24 hours: the initial signs may progress to seizures or coma or the animal may temporarily improve yet then go into acute kidney failure.
If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately!
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Here we share a helpful Trusted Tip on the REGINA DIRECTORY about Cold weather and your pets
With recent dips in the outdoor temperature, your dog will need a little special attention to stay happy, warm and safe this winter.
Here are a few tips to help your dog during the cold months ahead:
- Ensure that your dog is or becomes acclimatized to the cold temperatures; frequent exposure to the outdoor temperature is recommended versus sporadic exposure.
- Check between your dog’s paws frequently since ice, snow and road salt often cause irritation and frostbite.
- Frostbite signs: pale, glossy or white skin on extremities such as ears, tails and footpads. You may need to limit your time outside depending on the temperature and breed of dog (varying haircoats result in different abilities to withstand temperatures).
- Consider dog specific clothing, such as boots and sweaters especially for shorthaired breeds.
- Antifreeze and its sweet taste is often appealing to dogs. Keep containers safely placed away and check your vehicle often for leaks.
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Here they share a helpful Trusted Tip on the REGINA DIRECTORY about preventing heat stroke in your family pets!
We have been experiencing an exceptionally warm summer and hopefully a warm fall this year, and although the sunshine feels wonderful to bask in, we must remember our furry friends and the potential risk that heat stroke possesses.
Heat stroke is a condition arising from extremely high body temperature (rectal temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius), which leads to nervous system abnormalities that may include lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma. The greatest risk for heat stroke in animals is similar to the risk in humans, and includes puppies and kittens, geriatric pets, pets who are overweight, pets who are excessively active (playing or working) in the heat of the day, breeds of dogs or cats with flattened faces (Persians, bulldogs, etc), dogs with heavy coats and pets who are ill or are on certain medications. Leaving a pet in a car with closed windows on a hot summer day is probably the most common cause of heat stroke.
However, taking your dog for a long walk in the heat of the day, or allowing dogs to romp and play with their canine buddies at the leash free park during extreme temperatures can also lead to heat related problems. In these circumstances, it may only take a few minutes for your pet's body temperature to rise into the critical range. There are a few simple things you can do to minimize the risk of heat related injury to your pet.
- have long-haired dogs professionally groomed in the early summer so that they have less of an insulating haircoat;
- avoid taking your dog outdoors during the heat of midday;
- if you have the space, keep a small ‘doggy pool' outside where your pet can cool off (make sure you empty the pool when not in use, and keep small children away);
- limit exercise time and take walks in the early morning or late evening;
- and finally, NEVER leave your dog in the car - the inside temperature of a car can reach 120 F or 48 C in minutes.
And don't forget, pets can become sunburned too! This is particularly problematic in white or light-coated animals, and the most sensitive areas are the nose, eyelids and ears.
A Hot Dog!
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Exercising your Pet
A dog whose exercise needs are met may rest more calmly at home and be less fretful when left alone. The modern dog-management mantra of "A good dog is a tired dog" is gospel to many people. Exercise can improve bone and joint health. Heart and lung function can improve. Sport and working dogs need the right exercise to be able to perform well. Some exercise is better than other exercise. The best exercise channels the activity of both mind and body. The best exercise is purposeful, with a purpose that increases the dog's ability to live happily in human society. The best exercise is balanced by teaching the dog how to be calm and physically composed through regular practice of this skill. Training courses are a great way to establish the basics. Practice and use the skills you learn in class when you're out with your dog. Choose places for your outings that help you form the right belief system in your dog's mind for the temperament your dog needs to live safely with humans.
As in most other things, moderation works admirably for dogs when it comes to exercise. Dog use body language to communicate, and many dogs will get enough exercise just from spending interesting days with people and other animals they enjoy. Exercise that is healthy for both mind and body is the very best kind of exercise.
Dogs can experience heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Unlike humans, dogs do not have an efficient body-cooling system. Young dogs and old dogs have poorer temperature regulating abilities than dogs in the prime of life and the peak of physical condition. Dogs with shortened muzzles are at an enormous disadvantage in heat tolerance. Black dogs in the sun are at greatly increased risk of overheating, as are long-haired dogs whether in sun or not.
If your dog is going to be jumping, doing a lot of running, pulling a sled, or other physically intense exercise, make sure the dog receives the correct regular exercise that our human "weekend athlete" forgets to do! Don't just take the dog to a dog park to run crazy and call that adequate. This will help to prevent injuries and muscle strains.
In the House
Teach your dog how to rest calmly. It may be fine for your dog to scamper around your house-depending on the size of the dog, the size of the house, and the dog's individual tendency to crash into furniture. Some dogs are quite agile in close spaces, and others not at all. Avoid the routine of crating your dog all day, and then having the dog "explode" out of the crate for a wild-eyed exercise session. This can lead to future behavior problems. Delay exercise until a few minutes after letting the dog out of the crate. Also give a dog time to unwind after exciting exercise before you crate the dog and leave for work.
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