Home At Last: Adopting a Pet During the Holidays

The thought of adopting a pet at any time of year is exciting, but when it comes to the holidays, we can become almost giddy with the anticipation of bringing home a new bundle of joy. Surprising our significant other, child, or family member with a new pet can easily carry us away, but the idea may backfire without proper planning. 

In fact, studies show that many animals are re-homed, abandoned, or returned to shelters each year after the holidays, a trend no one wants to be a part of. Keep reading to learn about adopting a pet for the holidays and what you can do to make sure your new pet’s home is a forever home. 

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Welcome Home! Introducing a New Pet

When it comes to introducing a new pet to your existing pets, patience is a virtue. It can be tempting to try and make them a member of the family immediately, but you’ll avoid problems and stress all around by taking your time.

How to go about introducing a new pet? Take our tips for a successful meeting to heart, and you’ll all be well on your way to a home of happy pets (and pet parents!).

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Best of Both Worlds: Puppy Training and Grooming at Huntington Veterinary Hospital

Puppy training and dog grooming can help your dog thriveBringing a new puppy into your family is arguably one of the most delightful experiences life has to offer. Along with all the fun and cuteness, however, comes a big dose of responsibility. Puppies require regular wellness care, vaccinations, proper nutrition, daily exercise, and much more.

Puppy training and grooming are two important factors that go into the health and happiness of your pet. Fortunately, Huntington Veterinary Hospital is here to help with both!

More than Just a Pretty Face

No one can deny the pleasure that comes from snuggling a freshly bathed pup, but grooming has benefits beyond simple cleanliness. Regular bathing and brushing keeps the fur free of tangles and mats, removes excess dirt and hair, and stimulates blood flow to the skin. Nail trims are important for the health of your pet’s paws, and ear cleanings keep the ears free of buildup that could lead to infection or discomfort.

Making pet grooming a priority also gives you or your groomer the chance to inspect your dog’s skin for lumps, bumps, wounds, or external parasites on a regular basis.

The Importance of Puppy Training and Socialization

We’ve all met dogs who haven’t been properly trained or socialized; perhaps they jump up on guests, bolt out the door as soon as it’s opened, or display aggressive or fearful tendencies. Puppy training and socialization is absolutely vital to the future happiness of your new pet. A well-behaved, properly socialized dog is more confident, happier, and poses less of a risk to themselves and others.

Ideally, a puppy’s socialization process begins at home between 3-9 weeks of age. This is the time for lots of gentle handling, exposure to new people and places, and redirection away from undesirable behaviors such as chewing, play biting, or house soiling. As soon as your pup is fully vaccinated, introduce a formal training and socialization class, as well as increase exposure to other people and pets.

What We Offer

At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we strongly believe in treating the whole pet, which is why we offer grooming and training services, in addition to high-quality medical care.

  • Puppy grooming – A clean puppy is a happy puppy! Bring your little cutie in for a bath, nail trim, ear cleaning, haircut, anal gland expression, and parasite examination with our professional groomer. You can also combine additional veterinary services with your puppy’s grooming appointment.
  • Puppy training and socialization – Give your new pet the opportunity to socialize with other puppies in a supervised group setting. They’ll learn basic obedience skills and practice good manners in our puppy training and socialization classes.
  • Rally and trick training – Rally and trick training classes take your dog’s skills to the next level. This also gives you a chance to work and learn together in a high-energy environment.

For further questions about our puppy training or other classes or to schedule an appointment for your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact the staff at Huntington Veterinary Hospital.

Preventive Care for Cats

Preventive care for cats involves regular and timely veterinary visits for your petWhether you’re a past, present, or future cat owner, we can all agree that cats are special creatures. Their wild and wonderful personalities never fail to warm our hearts and make us laugh. However, behind their mysterious nature is a little known fact: cats don’t always warn us when something is wrong with their health.

Huntington Veterinary Hospital wants your cat to be the healthiest pet possible. That’s why we’re sharing some reasons why preventive care for cats is so important. Continue…

Get Your Wags-worth with Puppy Training and Socialization

Training A PuppyAs anyone who has ever loved a dog before can attest, their companionship and love rivals even the best of human friendships. And anyone who has been lucky enough to raise their dog from a puppy, knows that the challenges that come with puppy training are worth their weight in gold later in life.

Puppies, much like babies, rely on us for everything. We are the guardians who introduce them to the world all around, as well as instill in them a sense of security and understanding of their place in our “pack”. Yet, unfortunately, many puppies do not receive the training and socialization they need for their safety and well-being.

That is why we want to highlight the many great reasons why training and socialization classes are so important for your new puppy.

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