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Bringing Your New Kitten Home

kitten wellness

Bringing home a new kitten is a very exciting time for you and your family, but it also requires a lot of responsibility. There are several steps you should follow when bringing your new kitten home. This is a crucial time in your kitten’s life as it lays out the foundation for the health and behavior of your cat.

Verify Your Kitten's Age

The first thing you should do is verify your kitten’s age. It is vital to verify your kitten’s age, because they have many developmental needs the first ten weeks of their life. Kittens need the proper nourishment, warmth, and socialization during the first weeks of their life. If your kitten ends up being younger than ten weeks, then find a good vet immediately to learn how to properly take of your kitten.

Schedule First Vet Visit

After you verify your kitten’s age you should schedule a visit to the veterinary clinic. This visit is also very important for the owner too, because it allows you to ask questions. The first vet visit will entail testing for health issues such as birth defects, parasites or feline leukemia. The veterinarian will also schedule out future visits for vaccinations and to establish a wellness plan for your kitten. We recommend asking questions about food type, portion size, illness signs to watch for, and how to introduce your kitten to any other pet you may have.

Quality Food And Feeding Schedule

Once you have your kitten home, it is a good idea to establish a feeding schedule with quality food specifically designed for kittens. When purchasing food for your kitten look for Association of Animal Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) displayed on the packaging. This ensures the kitten food is full of nutrients. If you have questions about how often and how much to feed your kitten, contact your veterinarian. However, when your kitten reaches three months, they should be fed 3 times a day to keep up with how fast he or she is growing.

Designate A Quiet Area

If you want your kitten to feel comfortable and safe, you should designate a quiet area for the kitten to sleep. In this area, you should have a small bed that is easily accessible, a scratching toy, food and water, and litter box. However, do not put the litter box near the cat’s feeding area, because cats do not like when they are close together.

Now that you have your kitten home, you should have a better understanding of what your kitten will need the first few weeks. Remember to give your kitten a substantial amount of attention during this time. This will help your kitten adjust smoothly to its new home. If you have any other questions related to brining home your new kitten, then contact the veterinarians at CountrySide today.

The 5 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds Chosen By Veterinary Professionals

Number 5: Golden Retriever

The friendly Golden Retriever is not only a trusting family companion but also one of the smartest dog breeds today. Bred to be sporting dogs, these gentle companions need plenty of exercie that engages both the mind and body.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 5
  • Apartment Friendly: 2
  • Barking Tendencies: 3
  • Cat Friendly: 4
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 5
  • Exercise Needs:5
  • Grooming: 3
  • Health Issues: 4
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 5
  • Shedding Level: 3
  • Social Needs:5
  • Stranger Friendly:5
  • Territorial:3
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:3
Smart Breeds - Golden Retriever

Number 4: Australian Shepherd

Smart Breeds - Australian Shepherd

This sharp breed is devoted to its owner and displays affection by sitting on your foot or leaning against you. Highly intelligent, obedient and agile, the Australian Shepherd is excellent in herding, flying dics and other active sports.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 4
  • Apartment Friendly: 3
  • Barking Tendencies: 5
  • Cat Friendly: 3
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 3
  • Exercise Needs:5
  • Grooming: 3
  • Health Issues: 3
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 5
  • Shedding Level: 3
  • Social Needs:4
  • Stranger Friendly:2
  • Territorial:5
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:5

Number 3: Poodle

Despite the fluffy coat and prissy face, the poodle is one highly intelligent breed, sporting a smart brain and great sense of humor. Poodles are energetic dogs and excel at agility and obedience competitions. The poodle is bred in various sizes, including Standard, Miniature and Toy.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 5
  • Apartment Friendly: 5
  • Barking Tendencies: 3
  • Cat Friendly: 4
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 4
  • Exercise Needs:4
  • Grooming: 5
  • Health Issues: 3
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 4
  • Shedding Level: 1
  • Social Needs:5
  • Stranger Friendly:4
  • Territorial:4
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:4
Smart Breeds - Poodle

Number 2: German Shepherd

Smart Breeds - German Shepherd

A fearless dog with a natural instinct to protect, this breed is an ideal choice for military and police work. The German Shepherd is a protective, adaptive family dog, who likes to use his smarts and energy playing, running, or working.

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 3
  • Apartment Friendly: 3
  • Barking Tendencies: 2
  • Cat Friendly: 3
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 2
  • Exercise Needs:3
  • Grooming: 3
  • Health Issues: 4
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 3
  • Shedding Level: 5
  • Social Needs:3
  • Stranger Friendly:1
  • Territorial:5
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:5

Number 1: Border Collie

The Border Collie has incredible focus and is arguably considered the world's best herding dog. This breed needs to have something to do because he can wreak havoc if he's bored. Extremely people-oriented dogs, they may just try to herd you in!

  • Adaptability: 5
  • Affection Level: 5
  • Apartment Friendly: 2
  • Barking Tendencies: 5
  • Cat Friendly: 3
  • Child Friendly: 5
  • Dog Friendly: 3
  • Exercise Needs:5
  • Grooming: 2
  • Health Issues: 3
  • Intelligence: 5
  • Playfulness: 5
  • Shedding Level: 3
  • Social Needs:5
  • Stranger Friendly:3
  • Territorial:5
  • Trainability:5
  • Watchdog Ability:5
Smart Breeds - Border Collie

What You Need To Know About Canine Heart Disease

Vet Listening to Dog's Heartbeat

Heart disease affects 7 to 8 million dogs in the United States. Canine heart disease is common in many types of dog breeds and can be either congenital or developed later in life. Approximately 75 to 80% of dogs in the United States with heart disease have the variation known as mitral valve disease, a condition in which the mitral valve in the dog's heart degerates and begins leaking.

Smaller breeds of dogs, especially Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chilhuahuas, Toy Poodles, and Dachshunds are prone to developing mitral valve disease. Meanwhile, larger canine breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Old English Sheepdogs, Great Danes, German Shepherds and Irish Setters are more likely to develop issues with the tricuspid valve on the right side of the heart.

Large dogs can develop dilated cardiomyopathy, another type of heart disease that weakens the dog's heart muscle. This causes difficulties in contracting and pumping blood, which makes the heart work too hard and enlarge abnormally.

Symptoms

A heart murmur is a sure sign that your dog may have heart disease. Your veterinarian may recommend diagnostic tests to examine your canine's heart and test for how severe the heart condition is. Other signs your dog may be suffering from heart disease is when he or she shows reluctance for excersing, has an abnormal respiration rate, coughs, or has a blue tint on the gums or tongue.

As your dog's heart disease progresses, your canine companion will experience more severe symptoms, including weakness, loss of consciousness, abdominal enlargement from fluid retention, and difficulties lying down.

Prognosis

Although there is no cure for most kinds of canine heart disease, your dog's condition can be managed with medication. An early diagnosis is the best thing you can do for your pet so they can be treated with medication as soon as possible.

The good news is that even when your canine companion's heart disease is severe or congestive heart failure has developed, if he or she is treated as soon as possible they can still live a high quality of life for a good amount of time.

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    My wife and I have been taking our dog to Countryside Vets for about three years now. We had an unfortunate encounter with our previous veterinarian but switching to Countryside Vets years ago has been the best decision! She has always been treated well at Countryside and Dr. Popp has always been more than friendly! Thank you!
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Appleton, WI 54913
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