Ask a Vet: Take Care of Adopted Pets ASAP | Sweetened

s: You have just adopted a kitten from a friend, and she has not been neutered or vaccinated. At what age should I take him to the vet to get these things done?

a: Bringing a new pet home and having it all with beds, toys, food bowls and accessories is so much fun! Trying to teach them the procedures and behavior of their new home can be overwhelming at first, making it easy to overlook some of the basic medical care they need when they are young.

It is important to remember that although they may look very young and cute for a while, they grow and mature very quickly and need to have their medical needs met for maintenance once they are adopted.

I recommend taking your cat to the vet for a test within two weeks of being adopted. If your new pet has any medical problems, it is recommended that you take it in sooner.

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The series of vaccinations for kittens or puppies should be started at eight weeks and then given a booster every four weeks until they are four months old.

Missing these key milestones can put your pet at risk of contracting an infectious disease. Visits for kittens and puppies to the vet are also essential to spot any underlying issues. It’s also time to talk about related topics such as nutrition and behavior as your pet grows.

Kittens grow quickly and are mature enough to breed until the age of four months. This means that it is highly recommended that they be spayed and spayed between 4-6 months of age before they can produce more kittens.

So, when you’re enjoying your new pet, make sure you schedule your first cat appointment with a vet within two weeks of taking your pet home!

s: My dog ​​is terrified of thunder and will shake and hide during a thunderstorm. Since this happens every day, it has become a problem. What can I do to make her feel more comfortable during a thunderstorm?

a: July brings monsoons in northern Arizona, and while the rain is great for the forest, the noise of thunder can cause great anxiety in the canine locals.

Some dogs are completely unaffected by thunder and lightning, and some dogs panic to the point of harming themselves. Since there can be a lot of variation in a dog’s reaction, treatment should be proportional to the individual dog’s response.

For example, if your dog gets a little nervous during a storm and feels comfortable by hiding or being by your side and then back to normal once the storm has passed, there may be no need for an intervention. However, if your dog is tearing down doors or walls to escape during a storm, he may benefit from an intervention.

Interventions can range from calming supplements such as products containing CBD or other natural ingredients used for relaxation. These products are usually very mild and will do nothing for an extremely anxious animal.

Thunder shirts can also be helpful for anxiety because they provide a gentle, comfortable compress that will calm some dogs.

For cases with severe reactions, oral medications are the only option to calm a dog during a thunderstorm.

Unfortunately, not every dog ​​reacts to medications in the same way, so it is recommended that you determine which medication is best for your dog. It is also essential to understand that you will need to give medications before your dog becomes anxious, as medications are not effective once your dog is in a panic state.

If your dog has severe thunderstorm anxiety, I recommend making an appointment with your vet to discuss all options.

Dr. Julian Miller is a veterinarian in Flagstaff. She can be reached at [email protected]

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