New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners

New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners

Happy New Year from Falls Road Veterinary Hospital where we are dedicated to helping you give your pet a high quality of life!

Our pets provide us with so much affection and unconditional love that we often consider them part of the family and may want to include them in our New Year’s resolutions.  The following are some ways to include your pets in your resolutions.

Save Money

At the top of almost everyone’s resolution list is to find ways to save money. Pet owners can help keep veterinary costs low by following a few simple guidelines in the New Year:

  • Keep pets up to date on important vaccinations and parasite prevention. It is much less expensive to prevent a disease than it is to treat it.
  • Don’t procrastinate or miss veterinary exams and visits. If your pet is injured or ill, delaying veterinary attention could actually lead to higher expenses!
  • Resolve to keep good communications with your veterinarian and veterinary staff.  Keeping your veterinarian up to date on pet health and behavior changes could catch problems earlier, at more treatable stages.
  • Consider investing in pet insurance or starting a pet health savings plan as the New Year begins. These simple steps can help you avoid financial issues if your pet is sick.

Exercise & Lose Weight

Next on many resolution lists is the promise to exercise more and lose weight. Why not let your pet help you keep that promise?

  • Like their humans, many pets in the US and Canada are overweight or obese. The New Year is a great time to make a commitment to losing those extra pounds.
  • Studies show that dog owners spend about twice as much time walking each week than non-dog owners. This positive reinforcement can be beneficial for your goals and help your pet lose weight, too!

Quality Time

Some people will make resolutions to spend more quality time with family. That resolution can be expanded to include the pets as well.

  • There is an old adage that “a tired dog is a good dog.” Including a small amount of time in our daily routine for our pets can help prevent destructive behavior issues.
  • Many pets could benefit from enrolling in a basic training and socialization class, especially if you have a new puppy. Consider this New Year as a great time to make sure your pet is a “good pet citizen.”
  • In addition, the extra exercise and activity you provide for your pets might help with weight loss and prevent medical issues, thereby saving money on veterinary costs.

Looking Your Best

Looking your best is another popular resolution each year…why not include your pets?

  • Keeping a pet well groomed can help prevent skin issues and the associated expense of a groomer or veterinarian.
  • Proper grooming and brushing is also another way to meet your resolution of spending more time with your pet.

Helping Others

Helping others is a promise that many people will make each New Year. Keep that promise by volunteering your time at or providing needed resources for your local animal rescue or shelter.

Talk to Your Veterinarian

Finally, a great resolution for all pet owners is to promise to discuss all aspects of your pet’s care with your veterinarian before acting on information found online.

  • Even though Internet searches and discussions with online friends might seem to be helpful, there is misinformation and bad advice present on the web.
  • Avoid using “Dr. Google” as your only source of pet health recommendations. Your veterinarians are the true “pet health experts” and are happy to answer your concerns.
  • Most importantly, your veterinarian’s advice will be custom fit for your pet!

Happy New Year! Please feel free to contact us here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital with any questions or concerns. (301) 983-8400. http://www.fallsroadvet.com.

Thankful Reflections On 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

On this New Years Eve we would like to take the time to reflect back on this past year and what we are thankful for here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital

  • Soft, little kitten and puppy feet…I could go on all day about the animals themselves!
  • The old gentle pets that have such amazing spirits.
  • Loving our jobs! Not many people are as lucky as we are to have such passion for their jobs.
  • Our knowledge and talents used daily to care for pets.
  • The satisfaction and joy of witnessing pets recover from an illnesses.
  • Knowing that what we do every day makes an impact.
  • Pet owners that think nothing of getting up twice a night to let their dog out, if that is what is needed, and don’t mind giving medication to their pet every 6 hours.
  • Cats that are so non-stressed by our examination that they go and eat and groom immediately after we are finished.
  • Pets that are soooo excited and happy to see us despite the things we do to them in the name of health!
  • Having the honor of being present for the beginning, middle and ending of the some of the most precious lives.
  • The wonderful, warm, genuine people we get to meet as clients.
  • The gratitude of our clients.
  • The fun, devoted staff we get to work with daily.
  • That we get to spend our days working with great people who all have the same purpose, to help other amazing creatures and the people who love them!

We all hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!!!!

The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr

The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr

The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr

The Mysteries Of The Cat Purr

A purr is a sound made by all felines and is thought to be a part of cat communication. Nobody knows for certain why cats purr! It varies between cats (for example by loudness and tone), and from species to species, but can be characterized as a tonal buzzing.

Mother cats purr while giving birth, one of the first stimuli kittens are exposed to when they are born is the vibrations from their mother’s purring. Kittens are born deaf and blind, and they need help to find their first meal. It is believed that the vibrations from their mother’s purrs helps guide them to the mom’s teats. Purring might also help keep a kitten safe. Predators cannot detect the vibrations as readily as vocalizations.

It is thought that cats will sometimes purr when they are stressed and when they are recovering from injuries or are in pain. The frequency of a cat’s purr is between 25 to 150 Hz. These frequencies are known to improve bone density and help healing. Other theories are that purring releases endorphins helping to calm cats when they are stressed.

Cats also purr when they are feeling content and secure. Often purring is accompanied by kneading. The purring and kneading are reminiscent of kittenhood when the kittens were warm, happy and protected by their mothers.

Purring is an auditory stimulus that most people attribute to peacefulness and calmness. Whether right or wrong, we generally construe it as something positive. That gives us positive reinforcement for what we’re doing and can contribute to the whole relaxation effect when we interact with our cats.

Please feel free to contact us here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital with any questions or concerns. (301) 983-8400. http://www.fallsroadvet.com

Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

  • Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

    Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

Winter Hazards To Your Dogs – What You Need to Know

Winter can be hazardous for dogs and it is important to be aware of the dangers to keep your pet healthy. There are indoor and outdoor winter threats to dogs, especially around the holiday season. As the temperatures outside start to get lower and you prepare for colder weather, it is important to also prepare your dog for the winter. Whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors, there are dangers in colder conditions. Your dog’s health, food, and environment all need to be taken into consideration when “Old Man Winter” approaches.

Indoor Winter Hazards

During the winter, people and their pets tend to spend more time indoors, so it is important to keep the home environment safe for your dog. The following are some common issues to be aware of:

  • Many types of houseplants can be poisonous to dogs. If eaten, these plants can cause problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, as well as other reactions that can be severe or even fatal. It is important to keep all dangerous plants out of your dog’s reach.
  • Burning candles, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, and space heaters create the potential for burns and smoke inhalation. The flickers and warmth of a fire can be an attraction for dogs; therefore, dogs should not be left alone in a room with open flames or hot electric elements. When these items are in use, monitor your dog at all times to keep him or her from getting burned or possibly starting a house fire.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a threat to dogs as well as people. Furnaces, gas water heaters, and gas/kerosene space heaters should always be evaluated for any leakage. Because dogs tend to be in the house for longer periods of time during the winter, they can be exposed to carbon monoxide leaks for longer, which may cause serious health issues or death. Checking smoke detectors (and purchasing smoke detectors that also detect increases in carbon monoxide) are good ways to help protect your pets and family.

Outdoor Winter Hazards

Being outdoors in the winter can be a lot of fun, but it is important to keep in mind that dogs are susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia (low body temperature), and other cold-weather hazards. Dogs that live outdoors in the winter need special attention to protect them from the wind, rain, and cold. Hypothermia can affect normal body functioning and produce injury or, eventually, death. Fresh, unfrozen water must be available at all times. If your dog has a dog house or igloo, make sure the interior is insulated. Safe heated mats, along with a good layer of straw, are an option that can help keep your dog warm and comfortable.

Dogs that live outside should be able to come inside when they want to. Old or sick dogs should be kept indoors when possible and monitored closely for signs of illness. Even a dog that is used to being outside can suffer hypothermia and frostbite. If severe winter storm warnings or extreme cold weather alerts recommending that humans stay indoors are issued in your area, it is a good idea to bring your dog indoors, too. If your dog cannot be brought indoors, a garage or mud room can provide enough shelter in some cases.

Chemicals like ice melts and salts, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluids can all be toxic and cause serious complications if dogs eat or drink them. Ice melts and salts can stick to the bottom of dogs’ paws, so it is best to wash your dog’s feet after he or she has been outdoors. Methanol and ethylene glycol, the toxic ingredients in windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze, can cause permanent kidney damage and even death. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur if dogs are left in cars with the motor running or in a garage with a running car.

Going for walks in the winter can be invigorating, but it is best to keep dogs away from frozen water. Dogs can fall through thin ice into freezing water and may suffer hypothermia or drown.

Holiday Season Hazards

We all look forward to the winter holiday season each year, so it is particularly tragic when a family pet is harmed during this time. Paying special attention to safety as you celebrate is very important.

  • Christmas trees can be very attractive to dogs. Dogs may eat the needles (even from artificial trees) or drink the water at the base of the tree, which can be toxic (especially if preservatives are in it).
  • Electrical wires can be a serious hazard. Dogs that chew on these wires can sustain severe burns to the mouth, injury to the brain and lungs, and death from electrocution. It is best to keep wires out of reach or taped down securely. Also, lights may become hot and are best used only on upper branches of trees.
  • Ornaments are beautiful for people to look at, but dogs may think they’re toys. Fragile, breakable or edible ornaments may be knocked over, and wire hooks can get caught in your dog’s hair, skin, or—if eaten—stomach and intestines. An alternative to wire hooks is to use loops of yarn, ribbon, or lightweight twine. Hang the ornaments out of reach of your dog.
  • Tinsel can block the intestines if swallowed, requiring emergency surgery. Tinsel also has sharp edges that can cause cuts in the mouth. Angel hair, which is made of spun glass, is also irritating if touched.
  • Gifts should be checked for small, breakable parts that can be easily swallowed. As with tinsel, string and ribbon can cause intestinal injury or blockage. Monitoring your dog around these items is highly recommended.
  • Human holiday foods, like chocolate, coffee, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, and alcohol, can all be hazardous to dogs. For example, theobromine, an ingredient in chocolate, can cause seizures and death if eaten by dogs. Caffeine (in coffee and chocolate) also causes seizures, along with diarrhea, abnormal heart rate/rhythm and death.

We all want our pets to enjoy the winter and holidays with us. By taking a few precautions and preventive measures, dogs can be protected from many common winter hazards.

More Cold-Weather Tips

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has more cold-weather tips at its website: www.aspca.org. Additional information about toxic houseplants, antifreeze, and other winter toxins is available at the Animal Poison Control Center: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/.

Feel free to contact us here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital with any questions or concerns. (301) 983-8400. http://www.fallsroadvet.com

Winter Hazards To Your Cats

Winter Hazards To Your Cats

Winter Hazards To Your Cats

  • Outdoor cats depend on people for their warmth and survival during the winter months; special steps need to be taken to keep these cats safe.
  • Holidays are a time for celebration but can pose multiple risks to cats. Lilies, chocolate, alcohol, ribbons, tinsel, and other common holiday items can all be dangerous to our feline companions.

What You Need to Know

Cats that spend time outdoors are exposed to various environmental and physical dangers. In the winter, cats are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia (low body temperature), just like humans. Cats should not be left outside for long periods of time in the winter and should always have the option of coming inside. It’s important to be aware of these risks, so you can keep your cat safe and healthy.

Colder Temperatures

Once temperatures start to dip below the freezing point, remember that any outdoor water will freeze. Cats need a constant supply of fresh, unfrozen water. For outdoor cats that only have access to outdoor water, heated water bowls can be used to keep water from freezing. If an electrical source is not available, water should be kept in a covered, enclosed space to prevent it from freezing quickly. Dog igloos filled with straw work well for outdoor cats, giving them a warm place to eat, drink, and keep dry from the winter elements. Heated pet mats are also helpful and will help a cat retain its body temperature, which is especially important for old or sick cats. It is important to only use heated products that are approved for pets.

Cats that spend a lot of time outdoors during the winter months use more calories in order to stay warm. Giving your cat a higher-quality, protein-rich food will help him or her stay warm and healthy. If your cat has any medical problems, consult your veterinarian before making any diet changes.

Outdoor cats may seek warmth under car hoods and can be injured or killed by the car’s fan belt. Before getting into your car, knock loudly on the hood to ensure that a cat is not hiding beneath.

Even cats that are used to being outside can suffer hypothermia and frostbite. If severe winter storm warnings or extreme cold weather alerts recommending that humans stay indoors are issued in your area, it is a good idea to bring your cat indoors, too. If your cat cannot be brought indoors, a garage or mud room can provide enough shelter in some cases.

Antifreeze

Also known as ethylene glycol, antifreeze is probably one of the most common and dangerous winter toxins. Antifreeze is highly toxic, and cats are sometimes attracted to its sweet smell and taste. Once a cat drinks antifreeze, the toxin is rapidly absorbed, and signs such as vomiting, loss of coordination, and depression can appear within 1 hour. The kidneys are most severely affected by antifreeze, and even if signs start to improve with treatment, they may have already started to shut down. Acute kidney failure can occur within 12 to 24 hours after ingestion of antifreeze, so it is important to take your cat to the vet immediately if you suspect he or she has drunk even a small amount of antifreeze.

Salt and Chemical Ice Melts

Cats that walk on sidewalks or pathways that have been de-iced can have chapped, dry, painful paws. Also, because cats tend to lick their paws, they can be exposed to toxic chemicals found in some ice melts. Pet-safe ice melt products can be purchased at most home improvement and pet stores. However, not everyone in the neighborhood may use these products, so it is important to wash your cat’s feet with a warm cloth after he or she comes in from being outside.

Holiday Hazards

The holidays pose many risks to cats. Chocolate, alcohol, onions, and coffee are some of the popular party supplies that can cause health problems in your cat. A common holiday plant is the lily, found in many holiday arrangements. Lilies are poisonous to cats. If a cat eats any part of a lily, initial signs of poisoning could include lethargy (tiredness) and a lack of appetite, but kidney failure can occur within 36 to 72 hours. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your cat has eaten any part of a lily plant.

Most cats love tinsel and ribbon, which, if eaten, can damage the intestines, requiring surgery. Keep these items out of reach of your cat.

Cover up electrical cords to prevent them from dangling and being mistaken for cat toys. If chewed, these cords could electrocute your cat.

More Cold-Weather Tips

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has more cold-weather tips at its website: www.aspca.org. Additional information about toxic houseplants, antifreeze, and other winter toxins is available at the Animal Poison Control Center: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/.

Feel free to contact us here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital with any questions or concerns. (301) 983-8400. http://www.fallsroadvet.com

Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

Holiday Hazards To Your Pets

Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards.

Dangerous Foods

Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol.

“Other” Foods

Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid giving table food to pets. Plates and food should be cleared from areas accessible to pets.

Dangerous Plants

By now, many pet owners know that poinsettias are not as toxic as once believed. However, mistletoe, some evergreens (like some species of pine), holly bushes and berries, and aloe are potentially toxic, as well as some plants that are commonly found in holiday arrangements, such as lilies, baby’s breath, bird of paradise, daisies, and chrysanthemums

New Treats

Treat-stuffed holiday stockings are fun to give, but you should not pick out any items that are new or different. New treats may cause your pet some digestive up set! Offering only one of these at a time (ideally separated by a few days) can make it easier to track the source if vomiting, diarrhea, or other problems occur.

New Toys

New toys should be checked for small pieces that can be chewed off or broken and swallowed. sharp edges, or other potential hazards.

Indoor Holiday Decorations

Tinsel, angel hair, tree ornaments, ribbons, and string are well-known culprits. But even Christmas trees can pose a danger. Pets may eat the needles (even from artificial trees) or drink water from the tree stand, which can be toxic. Decorative lights can get hot enough to burn a pet, so  keep them out of reach.

Outdoor Holiday Decorations

Extension cords, lights (which can get very hot), decorations that hang low enough to be chewed on, and decorations that can fall or blow over are just a few of the dangers that pets can encounter outside. Make sure to  check food-related decorations (like pumpkins and corn cobs) regularly. Pets may eat these items, even after they begin to rot!

Electrical Cords and Outlets

Electrocution hazards include electrical cords, lights and other electrical decorations, and outlets (unused ones should be covered).

Heated Surfaces and Open Flames

Fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, candles, and portable heaters are just a few hazards to keep pets away from (or at least monitor when they are nearby). Not only can pets be burned, but candles or heaters can be knocked over and start a fire.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide

House fires and carbon monoxide-related deaths are doubly tragic around the holidays. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur if pets are left in a garage with a running car or in a running car itself. Space heaters, furnaces, and similar appliances can also present a risk. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to help ensure safer holidays.

Cold Temperatures

Even outdoor pets can suffer frostbite and hypothermia if shelter is inadequate. If pets can’t be indoors during cold weather, ensure that clean (and unfrozen) water and safe, adequate shelter are available for outdoor pets. Pets (particularly cats) may seek warm places that are not safe such as car engines. Fan belt injuries and other trauma can occur.

Antifreeze and Alcohols

Most pet owners know something about the dangers of antifreeze, but don’t forget about methanol, a common component of windshield wiper fluid, and isopropanol, commonly found in hand sanitizer gel, windshield de-icing agents, and rubbing alcohol. All of these substances are toxic to your pets!

Salt and Chemical Ice Melts

Pet-safe ice melt products can be purchased at most home improvement and pet stores. However, pet owners should wash their pets’ feet with a warm cloth after the pet comes in from being outside. The ice melting products can have a caustic effect to your pets feet!

Vigilance Can Be the Best Protection

The holidays can be hectic, but all pet owners should “check in” with their pets at least a few times a day. Making sure the pet is eating and drinking, observing activity level, and (if possible) observing urination and defecation can make it easier to detect any changes. Please contact your Vet if you notice any signs of illness or behavior changes.

For More Information

If a toxic exposure is expected, the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 can be a valuable resource. Visit their Web site (http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control) for information.

Feel free to contact us here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital with any questions or concerns. (301) 983-8400. http://www.fallsroadvet.com

Tips For New Puppy Owners

christmas puppyTips For New Puppy Owners:

There is nothing quite like bringing your new puppy home for the first time. But before taking the big leap, take the time to make sure your household is ready. That means puppy proofing your home. You will need to purchase supplies ahead of time and read up on puppy behavior so you know what to expect. Furthermore, it is hugely important to prepare children for the new responsibilities that lie ahead and to teach them to handle your new puppy correctly. Here are a few tips to help integrate your new pet into the family:

Making Your Home Safe

The new puppy stories often become family lore! The stories are fun but only if the scenario has a happy ending. You can prevent injury even death by making sure your house is pet friendly. Literally get down on all fours and scoot around each room in your house to look for problems. This will give you a puppy’s point of view.

  • Consolidate electrical cords then hide them in hard plastic cord keepers and cover outlets with plastic plugs.
  • Move houseplants out of reach until your puppy can be trusted. Never give your puppy access to plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, dumb can, Japanese yew, oleander and English ivy. These plants are just an example of the many plants that are TOXIC to pets!
  • Put away breakable treasures and beloved toys.
  • Place all household chemicals into cabinets and consider locking them with baby hinges. This is imperative with engine lubricants and antifreeze, which are especially interesting to puppies and deadly.
  • If you have an outdoor dog run or kennel, check the path of the sun during different times of the day. If your puppy will receive full exposure, ensure there is shelter available for her to take refuge
Choosing Fencing

The allure of the outside world is strong for pets. That’s why you will want to make sure your home has appropriate fencing to keep your pet safe. Note too, that you might need a fence within a fence to secure your pool or hot tub. Though canines are known for their ability to swim, some pets fall in but can’t navigate to steps or leap over tall walls to get to safety. Fencing choices include:

  • Privacy fences. These tall barriers have no openings.
  • Chain link. This material is very durable.
  • Underground fencing. These wire systems are invisible to the eye because they’re buried underground and connected to transmitters which are linked to a special collar. This collar emits a small shock when the puppy nears the barrier.
  • Dog runs. A covered concrete slab will protect your pup from adverse weather and ensure she doesn’t climb or jump out of the cage. This type of flooring keeps your pet from digging a hole underneath and escaping.
Choosing Pet Identification

No matter how much thought you put into keeping your dog contained, there is always the chance that your pet might get lost. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure your pet is properly identified. Think about:

  • Purchasing a breakaway collar that includes an inscription featuring her name, address and your permanent telephone number as well as the name and number of her veterinarian.
  • Having a microchip surgically implanted with contact information.
Necessary Supplies

What equipment do you really need? Put the items listed below on your “must” list!

  • Specially formulated puppy food (Note: The basic needs of growing pups differ significantly from that of adult dogs)
  • Stainless steel no-tip food and water bowls
  • Puppy treats for use in training
  • Identification tags, adjustable collar, 6-foot-long nylon leash between ½-3/4 inches wide with a breakaway feature (Tip: Make sure the collar is sized correctly. One way to measure is to make sure two of your fingers can slip between the collar and the puppy’s neck.)
  • Home and travel crate large enough to accommodate your puppy when they are full grown
  • Stain remover specially formulated for pet odors
  • Brushes and combs to suit your pets coat
  • Dog shampoo, toothbrush and paste
  • High quality chew toys to ease teething (Note: It is important to make sure playthings will not break apart easily.)
  • Parasite controls such as heartworm and flea medications
  • Nail clippers
  • Expandable baby gate to isolate puppy
First Days At Home

The incorporation of your new pet into your family begins the minute you pick them up at the kennel or shelter and will continue for many months. During these days you will want to gently impart upon them that you’re the leader of his pack and that there are rules to be followed. If you establish good habits right off, you’re likely to save yourself grief later on. Veterinarians recommend the following strategies to help socialize your pet:

  • Bring your new puppy home when the house is relatively quiet and “normal.” This means no spontaneous vacations or holidays where the pup will be left alone, and no late nights at the office. Instead acclimate your little one to the usual household routines.
  • Before you even enter the actual house, take your new pet to the area in your garden or yard (or to the park) that will serve as his toilet. Allow him time to sniff and snort. If he goes potty, praise him! If there is no action, try again later.
  • Introduce your pet to one room in the house at a time to avoid overwhelming them. Cordon off a small section of the house with a baby gate or door and keep him there to get used to things for a couple of days. If you aim to crate train your pet, place the kennel in this space. Leave comfy bedding in the room, but quickly remove it if it becomes soiled!
Teaching Kids to Respect Puppy

Children of all ages need to be taught how to handle your family’s animals in an appropriate manner. Consider these ideas:

  • Before introducing puppies and children and lay ground rules with the kids provided they are old enough to understand them. Remind them to be gentle. Show them exactly what you mean by petting their forearms and heads as you would your pet’s. Ask them to practice by stroking you.
  • Remind kids to use a gentle voice when addressing the puppy as though they are talking to a baby.
  • Teach children to respect the animal’s space, especially at mealtimes, as even the best puppies might bite if they feel threatened.
  • Instruct kids to allow the pup to come to them and to never chase the family pet.
  • Limit puppy-child play sessions to between 15-30 minutes 2-3 times per day. Articulate that pets needs rest time just like the rest of us.
  • Explain that teasing behaviors such as holding a ball just out of a puppy’s reach will only reinforce bad habits like jumping and barking.
  • Always supervise interactions between youngsters and pets.
Introducing Resident Pets to Puppy

The addition of a new puppy can be tremendously exciting for your current pets. Special precautions should be taken to lay a foundation for friendships. Experts suggest:

  • Separate your new puppy and the current pets for a few days by putting up a baby gate between two rooms. (Or, keep the new puppy  contained in a kennel.)
  • Allow the pets to sniff one another through the bars for several days.
  • Finally, supervise “dates” between the two pets, resorting to separation if need be.

Whether your family is large or small, the addition of a puppy is always a happy time! Enjoy your new pet!

Please feel free to contact us here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital with any questions or concerns. (301) 983-8400. http://www.fallsroadvet.com