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    Getting Your Home Ready for a New Kitten

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Bringing home a new kitten is much like bringing home a new baby. Both require special accommodations to make their at-home life healthy and comfortable. Unlike a baby, a kitten can immediately explore every corner of your home, which makes safety another important consideration. By following these simple guidelines, you can make sure that your kitten’s transition to your home is a happy and easy one. 

    Remove Potential Dangers

    Being small and mobile, a kitten can quickly get herself into trouble should she enter a closet full of cleaning products or a medicine cabinet filled with personal hygiene items. To protect your kitten from accidentally ingesting a toxic substance or tangling herself in a home decoration, secure all closets, cabinets, and other storage spaces with kitten-proof locks. You may also want to tie down loose strings, cords, and wires.

    Purchase Kitten Basics

    Your love is integral to your kitten’s wellbeing, but she will also need a few basic home items. Before bringing your kitten to your house, have a food bowl, water bowl, bed, scratching post, and kitty litter box waiting for her arrival. By providing for her living needs, you can facilitate her transition to your house and make her feel immediately at home.

    Make Available Safe Toys

    Kittens need toy stimulation for their physical, emotional, and social health. However, some toys can contain parts that may harm your new pet. When selecting toys for your kitten, stay clear of options that contain ingestible decorations. A toy that your kitten can easily tear apart may also become a choking danger. If you have questions about which toys are safest for your kitten, consult your veterinarian.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital can see to it that your kitten receives the comprehensive and compassionate care she needs through all of her developmental stages. If you have yet to schedule your pet vaccinations, now is the perfect time to make an appointment at our Lake Mary animal hospital. Call (407) 792-3322 to set up a checkup with one of our caring and capable veterinarians.

    Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Sit

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Do you want your dog to obey your sit command? This video demonstrates the visual, verbal, and reward cues that can help you achieve this goal.

    To get your dog to pay attention to your initial command, have a supply of treats during your training sessions. By using a treat to guide your dog’s actions, he will be eager to please. Once your dog assumes the correct position, give him both the treat and a verbal “good” to show that his actions pleased you. Repeat this training technique with the treat in your opposite hand. To reinforce your verbal command, hide the treat until your dog sits as requested.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital offers behavioral counseling services for pet owners in the greater Lake Mary region. To speak with a vet about your training needs, call (407) 792-3322.

    The Dos and Don'ts of House Training Your Puppy

    Last updated 4 months ago

    House training is a requisite part of puppy ownership for most people. If you are about to add an addition to your family, or if you already have a new puppy in your life, it’s time to establish some house training rules for both you and your young furry friend. These house training dos and don’ts can make this experience one that you and your puppy enjoy with a minimum of aggravation and accidents.

    Do Be Consistent

    The digestive systems of humans and canines are not very different. For both species, a beverage or meal will soon lead to a need for the bathroom. So use that biological fact to your advantage. When you give your puppy a drink of water or bowl of food, expect that she will have to urinate or defecate in the ensuing half-hour. When you set up regular feeding hours, you can better predict when to take your puppy outside.

    Don’t Get Upset

    Finding an accident on your tile or rug may not be the most pleasant surprise, but getting angry about it may only impede your house training efforts. If your puppy senses that you are upset about her behavior, she might become confused about what you expect her to do. Should an accident occur, restrain your response. Instead, lead your puppy outside and give her the chance to go to the bathroom.

    Do Pay Attention

    Having a new puppy around the house can be a fulltime job. Until she knows how to indicate her need to go outside and understands that going to the bathroom is an outdoor only activity, you will need to be vigilant in watching her. Many puppies show signs, such as sniffing the floor or circling it, that tell you when it’s time for a trip outside. When you pay attention to these signs, it can make your house training a less messy and more rewarding process.

    Has your new puppy gotten her vaccinations? To make sure that your puppy is as healthy as possible, bring her to Lake Emma Animal Hospital for a complete evaluation. For more information on our veterinarian services, or to schedule an appointment, call our Lake Mary office at (407) 792-3322.

    Helping Your New Baby and Your Pets Get Along

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Sometimes, pets can become stressed and anxious when a new baby comes home. Your furry friend may be upset that you no longer have as much time to spend with him or her. Prepare for the arrival of your new baby by taking your pet to the animal hospital. Spay or neuter your pet, if you haven’t already done so, to encourage a calm demeanor. If your pet has behavior issues, work with an animal behavior specialist at the animal hospital to correct these problems.

    If you have friends with infants or young children, invite them over to your house frequently to allow your pet to become accustomed to a young child’s noises and activity level. Otherwise, you might consider play sound effects recordings of babies crying. When you return home from the hospital, introduce your pet to your baby. During the first few initial meetings, give your pet some of his or her favorite treats to make the experiences positive. Remember to install a removable gate in the doorway to your baby’s room to prevent your pet from getting in there unsupervised.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital has an animal behavior expert on staff to help you resolve your pet’s problem behaviors. Call our animal hospital at (407) 792-3322 and ask us about our range of comprehensive veterinarian services, including pet boarding.

    Helping Your Cat Adjust to a New Canine Family Member

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Although it’s certainly not impossible for cats and dogs to live together peacefully, it may take some time for your furry feline to adjust to the transition. Just as with humans, it takes time for pets to build trusting relationships with each other. Before you bring your new canine family member home, you may wish to schedule a trip to an animal hospital for your cat. Bring him or her to an animal hospital that offers animal behavioral counseling to resolve any problem behaviors beforehand.

    Prepare Your Cat and Dog

    Bring your cat to a veterinarian to have his or her nails trimmed prior to the initial meeting. If possible, it’s a good idea to teach your dog some obedience skills in advance to improve his or her manners while meeting your cat. Assemble some tasty treats for both of your furry friends. Then, keep your dog in a separate room with a baby gate in the doorway.

    Introduce Your Furry Friends

    For the first few meetings, it’s a good idea to keep your dog confined behind the baby gate, preferably with a family member there to keep him calm. Entice your cat to approach the gate with his or her favorite treats. Reward your dog with treats for good behavior. It may take several attempts before your cat will approach the gate; be patient and avoid trying to force the introduction. When your two pets seem to be acting friendly toward each other, remove the baby gate, but keep the dog on a leash.

    Take Precautionary Measures

    Remember that it can take quite a while before your cat and dog can live together peaceably. When you’re not home, it’s important to keep your animals separated to prevent fighting. Additionally, keep your cat’s food bowl in a high area where your dog cannot reach it and prevent your dog from accessing the cat’s litter box. Your cat will become alarmed at the scent of the dog in the litter box and your dog may eat the box’s contents.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital offers animal behavioral counseling, along with many other veterinarian services such as pet boarding and vaccination. You can contact our location in Lake Mary at (407) 792-3322 to schedule an appointment. Ask us about our puppy wellness program to safeguard the health of your new canine companion!

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