Puppy & Kitten Care for New Pets in Anoka MN

Puppies and kittens are great fun, but we must remember they are babies, requiring a great deal of care and attention. At Rum River Veterinary Clinic, owners of new puppies or kittens receive a packet containing a wide variety of information regarding the care of their new pet. This material will assist you in understanding current veterinary protocols for pet care, as well as offering basic information about raising your pet during the first year of life, including:

Puppy & Kitten Care at Rum River Veterinary Clinic
  • How to puppy or kitten proof your house
  • Overcoming behavior problems
  • How to brush your pet’s teeth
  • Spay and neuter information
  • Microchipping your pet
  • FAQs about intestinal parasites

It’s important to remember that our veterinarians are here to discuss your specific concerns regarding your pet—simply jot down your questions as they come up and bring them with you to your puppy or kitten wellness visit. If it is a concern that can’t wait, we are as available as your telephone. Because when it comes to your pet care needs, the professionals of Rum River Veterinary Clinic take the time to care!

Your Pet’s First Year

On the day you bring your young pet home, contact Rum River Veterinary Clinic to make an appointment. The first visit consists of a thorough physical exam by the veterinarian, identifying any veterinary concerns or developmental issues from head to tail.

Once we determine that your pet is healthy, disease prevention is our second priority. The puppy or kitten series of vaccinations is initiated to protect your new pet from dangerous and deadly diseases. Visit our vaccinations page for a detailed description of the basic vaccines and the diseases they are designed to prevent.

Our trained veterinary professionals perform a microscopic stool sample exam to identify intestinal parasites, and treatment or prevention is begun at this time. Preventing parasites is critical to the health of any animal, but our animal babies need to be watched very closely for signs of parasite infections. We also are concerned because some of these parasites can be transmitted to humans. For puppies, we offer heartworm preventives as well; heartworm is a deadly parasite that is easily controlled with a year-round program.

External parasites are serious problems in a young pet and can jeopardize the health of your puppy or kitten as well. Flea control is an essential part of our pet wellness program, and we will advise you about products and preventive medications to make life easier for you and your pet.

At 3-5 months of age in a healthy puppy or kitten, we recommend spaying or neutering to reduce the risk of reproduction and to avoid a variety of health and behavioral problems associated with intact pets. View our surgery page for more information about spaying or neutering your pet.

Feed your pet only high-quality puppy or kitten food for optimum growth and development. Prevent obesity by feeding the proper amount, and never offer your young pet table food or bones for treats. An exercise regime also is important for proper growth, muscle development, and overall health. Every pet needs various outlets for exercise every day, several times a day. Our veterinarians will assist you in determining which foods are right for your pet and help you to develop an exercise plan appropriate for your healthy puppy or kitten.

Socializing new puppies or kittens is important, and they should be handled daily and exposed to a variety of people and environments. Handle your pet’s paws, ears, and mouth; groom on a regular basis, and engage in play that encourages a relationship of trust and builds the human-animal bond.

Bring your new pet into our office and receive your complementary Puppy or Kitten Packet. Your friends at Rum River Veterinary Clinic want to give you and your new pet a great start together. Contact our office to schedule your first puppy or kitten visit today.

"Thank you guys so much for all your care over the years for our pets. They could not have been in better hands and we are so grateful."

– P.H.

"Your kindness and concern for animal welfare is appreciated."

– J.T.

"Words are not enough to express my appreciation for your compassion and the way you and your assistant handled such a very difficult time for me."

– C.F.

"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your kindness and tender care."

– L.S.

"Thanks for being the best listeners in the medical profession. You have all been so kind during my pet’s thyroid treatment."

– C.D.

"We wish to thank you for being a very important part of our lives. For with you we are able to care for our children as we do."

– E.B.

"We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all your excellent care and the concern you gave to us. We will never forget your kindness."

– B.P.

"It’s wonderful to go to a pet clinic where the employees and vets care so much about the animals. You are all so patient and thorough in explanations and service. Thank you all for your love for our animals‚ it’s a blessing."

– T.R.

"I want to thank you for the care you gave to my little dog. I know that you did everything that you could do for her. I also want to thank you for the kindness and support that you gave me. You made a difficult time more bearable and I’m so grateful to you all."

– J.B.

"Thank you so much for all your help. We truly appreciate you, your caring attitude and your willingness to allow us to nurse her at home."

– D.T.

"Thanks for the encouragement, patience and expertise that made our dogs operation a success. Your cheerful attitudes and special treatment of our dog make our trips to Anoka worthwhile."

– J.S.

"I really appreciate the quality of care you give and the feeling that you truly care what happens to the animals."

– D.C.

"Thank you all for the wonderful care you have given our animals. We treat them as our kids and know that you do also."

– K.H.

"The Rum River Veterinary Clinic is a special place‚ because you DO take the time to care."

– J.H.

"Thank you to you and your staff for your excellent loving and patient care. You are sincerely appreciated."

– T.H.