Cummings Veterinary Hospital

5111 Church Road
Easton, PA 18045

(610)923-0393

www.cummingsvet.com

Cummings Veterinary Hospital Knows Your New Friend Deserves the Best

Congratulations on your new family member!

Whether you are a new pet owner or an old hand, we’d like to be your resource for pet care questions and advice. We are a veterinary practice that fosters informed pet ownership.

Here are a few answers to commonly asked questions.

When should my puppy or kitten go to the vet?

Plan to visit us within a few days of bringing your new pet home. Puppies and kittens often have parasites and fleas, and we’ll want to get those cleared up right away. This initial visit will also be a great opportunity for us to discuss vaccinations, training, and feeding. Bring a fecal sample and any health records, including already vaccinations administered, to your first appointment.

Pennsylvania has a Puppy Lemon Law, which protects consumers in instances when a purchased pet is unhealthy or has a congenital or hereditary defect. To preserve your rights under the law, you must take your newly purchased dog to a licensed veterinarian for examination within 10 days of purchase.

What vaccinations should my puppy or kitten get?

At your first visit, we’ll discuss your individual situation, the risks your pet will encounter, and develop a personalized vaccination schedule. Puppies and kittens will require a series of several vaccines to ensure immunity.

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

Spaying or neutering is an important part of caring for your pet. Besides eliminating unwanted litters, there are multiple health and behavioral benefits. Males will be better mannered and less likely to roam and several cancers are reduced or eliminated. Generally, we recommend spaying and neutering at six to eight months of age.

What if my puppy or kitten gets sick?

Your pet’s health is most vulnerable during the first year of life. Watch for any of the signs listed below and contact us immediately if you suspect your pet is unwell.

  • Lack of appetite
  • Poor weight gain
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen or painful abdomen
  • Lethargy (tiredness)
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Pale gums
  • Swollen, red eyes or eye discharge
  • Nasal discharge or sneezing
  • Inability to pass urine or stool

Care for Your Pet and They’ll Care for You

Read VetStreet’s kitten and puppy care basics. Consider investing in an obedience class.

Finally, enjoy your new pet and establish a bond. Many studies have proven the benefits reaped from caring for an animal. Pets have a positive effect on cholesterol and help fight depression. Petting your animal has been clinically proven to reduce blood pressure and increase serotonin, a hormone that helps to elevate your mood.