The Vet Whetstone’s New Puppy & Kitten Guide for Summer

The Vet Whetstone’s New Puppy & Kitten Guide for Summer

July 7, 2024

Getting a new puppy or kitten during the school summer holidays is a popular choice for households in North London. The Vet Whetstone has put together a guide to help soon-to-be pet parents prepare for their joyful addition below.

We’ve also created a handy checklist for adopting or buying a new puppy or kitten – download it here.

Tell us all about your new pet and book their first appointment by calling 020 8368 9798.

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Why summer holidays are ideal for new pets

At The Vet Whetstone, we often see an increase in new puppies and kittens in July and August. Here’s why this time is ideal:

  • More Time at Home: Holiday time provides a perfect opportunity to care for, train, and socialise a new pet. It’s also important to gently introduce them to being alone to avoid separation anxiety later on.
  • Kids’ Involvement: With children off school, they can participate in your new pet’s early days and learn valuable lessons about pet care.

Before you adopt or buy, use our checklist

Before getting a new puppy or kitten, use our checklist to ensure you avoid any red flags.

How to get prepared for their arrival

1. Pet-Proof Your Home: Puppies and kittens are curious explorers. Make your home safe by removing hazards, securing loose cords, and locking away chemicals. Consider installing a stair gate for added safety and check your garden for harmful plants.

2. Gather the Essentials: Before your pet arrives, ensure you have suitable food, bowls, a collar & lead (dogs), a crate or carrier, bedding, and toys. Stick to the breeder’s food brand to begin with to avoid tummy upsets. Our team will be happy to advise you on puppy or kitten nutrition at your first appointment with us.

3. Plan for Toilet Training: Choose a toilet area in your garden for your puppy, or set up litter trays for your kitten. Maintain a consistent schedule (after they have eaten, played, and slept) and use training pads for any accidents. Use positive reinforcement and reward successes.

4. Socialisation for Puppies & Kittens: Summer is ideal for socialising your new pet. Gently introduce them to new experiences, sounds, people, and animals to build their confidence and ensure they grow up happy and well-adjusted.

5. Research Training: Explore training techniques and consider classes for your puppy in North London, which will help them grow into a well-mannered adult. Even cats can learn some commands with gentle training and perseverance!

6. Prepare your family: Teach your family about gentle handling, playtime, feeding, and exercise. Encourage everyone to be involved in your pet’s daily care, fostering a loving environment. Young pets also need lots of rest, so place their crate or bed in a quiet part of your home.

By following The Vet Whetstone’s tips, you’ll create a welcoming and safe home for your new furry friend this summer.

We’re excited to support you in this beautiful journey of adding a new member to your family! Remember to register your pet and book their first appointment with us.

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