Have you welcomed a new furry friend into your household?
After the excitement comes down from welcoming your new puppy or kitty, it is imperative to ensure you get your pet off to a healthy start in life by taking them to the vet for their wellness exam. During the exam, your vet will examine your pup or kitten to ensure they are growing well and do not show any sign of illness or injury.
Bringing in your pet early can also prevent any future medical issues and big bills! It is very important to bring your little one to the vet for their vaccines (we can give you the right schedule for them) until he or she is 16 weeks old.
Some of the tests and vaccines include...
Puppies: rabies, kennel cough, Lyme disease, distemper-parvo, influenza, heartworm and flea/tick prevention Kittens: feline leukaemia, feline immunodeficiency virus and any diseases, heartworm and flea/tick prevention
Having a great first vet experience with new puppy or kitty can lay the foundation for a lifetime of easier, fear-free visits to the vet. At Sunrise, we pride ourselves on being a fear-free practice.
What does this mean? Being a Fear-Free clinic means we promote a positive vet visit - both physically and emotionally - for both you and your pet. We look at the whole picture of your pet’s health; reducing stress and anxiety that may come with visiting the vet. We use a variety of practices, methods and tools to create a low-stress environment, so that many of our pawtients don’t want to leave!
Here are a few examples of how we implement fear free techniques into our practice:
Cat Burritos: swaddling your kitten when they are fearful can create a comforting feeling, as well as ease the nervous system and anxious reactions that can come with coming to a vet.
Treat and Toys: we know many pets feel great when they get their favourite treats and toys! To help create a pawsitive experience and reward your pet for being so brave, we give treats (and sometimes even peanut butter - yum!) during their visit.
We Are Sensitive: for pets that are very nervous, we like to meet them halfway. We do this by examining them right in the waiting room, or on your lap! Our entire staff is highly trained on how to create a comforting and fear-free environment. We use low voices, play relaxing music in our waiting area, or spend time with the patient on the floor before the examination. Overall, you can count on us to be sensitive to the needs and unique personality of your pet.
Gentle Handling Techniques. These techniques promote confidence and trust in our team with your pet.
For January, we are offering our clients (new and current) FREE wellness exams for their new puppy or kitty.
Give the clinic a call at 250-339-6555 to book your appointment. Space is limited!
Yours in good health.
From the desk of Dr. Stacey Gastis
Sunrise Veterinary Clinic