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Getting a new puppy is an exciting time, but there are a lot of things to consider before taking home the newest member of your family. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Dr. Michael King of VCA Family and Oahu Veterinary Center to get some tips for new pet owners.
If you’re planning to get a new puppy or kitten, Dr. King lists these as some important things to consider:
1. Do you have time to take care of it?
2. Are you willing to invest time in training? (this can be especially important for puppies)
3. Have you considered the costs that go into veterinary care?
Choosing a breed is also an important decision. “Some breeds need a lot of exercise, some are more sedentary,” Dr. King explains. “They want to make sure that that’s going to fit their schedule and how they live their life.” He uses French Bulldogs as an example. Although they are a popular breed in Hawaii, they do come with certain health problems that could need to be surgically corrected. New pet owners need to be ready to take these additional costs on to give their pet a better life.
VCA offers a free first exam for new clients where a doctor will listen to your new puppy’s heart and make sure it’s healthy. You can also join the VCA CareClub program, an affordable, long-term wellness plan to protect your pet’s health and help prevent illness and disease, no matter its age. The program allows pet owners to take all the things they’ll need over the first year of their puppy’s life and break up the expenses into 12 payments. Spaying and neutering is also offered as part of the program. Members get unlimited examinations throughout the year.
The program also allows you to receive valuable rewards on select products and food your pet loves, 24/7 live chat with a veterinarian with the myVCA app, and an annual HomeAgain® subscription to help find your pet if they get lost.
For more information: vcahospitals.com