First-Time Pet Owner

Essential Care

Congratulations on the furry, four-pawed addition to your family! As a first-time pet owner, you may be scratching your head, wondering what’s next. Take charge of your pet’s well-being and learn how his most essential needs — eatingplaying and staying healthy — are crucial for his quality of life.

Dogs and Puppies:

  • Water and food bowls
  • Vaccinations
  • Heartworm, flea and tick control
  • Tagged collar and leash
  • Chew Toys

Cats and Kittens:

Where’s Waldo?

Help your pet avoid an unwanted trip to the pound or potential injury while running lost. In addition to a comfortable collar with ID tags attached, pets—whether living indoors or out—should receive a microchip from your veterinarian. An open door, unsupervised back yard or even a natural disaster can part pets from owners. If lost, your pet’s microchip can be scanned, creating a greater chance you will be reunited and avoid heartbreak, pound fees or, worse, the high cost of treating an injured pet.

Your Veterinarian Knows Best!

Whatever the situation, if you suspect your pet is ill or injured, don't hesitate to take him to your veterinarian. The earlier the problem is identified and the appropriate treatment is started, the better the outcome will be.

Further Reading:

A Newcomer's Tail
Want to know how much typical veterinary healthcare can cost for a new puppy? See how much it cost for Layla, an eight-month-old puppy in New York, to visit her vet.

A Clean Bill of Health
As cute as they may be, new pets can easily become ill. There’s a solution.

Feeding Fido
Studies show between 25 and 40% of household pets are overweight or obese, leading to obesity-related pet illnesses and increased veterinary costs.

Playing it Safe
Never leave cats alone with string toys; accidental ingestion is life-threatening and often requires expensive surgical procedures.

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