Puppy, Kitten & Senior Pet Care

Puppy, Kitten and Senior pet care stages are very special times of life. They each have their own extraordinarily rewarding and particularly critical needs.

In consideration of what our youngest furry friends need, the renowned veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and writer, Ian Dunbar, stated it well when he said, “All Shelter dogs were once normal puppies eager to learn how to live with people. Puppyhood is the time to ‘rescue’ adult shelter dogs.” This speaks to the critical need to keep pets out of shelters but also the fundamental fact that a healthy Puppy or Kitten is ready and willing to learn how to be a well behaved member of a human family.

Prepping for Paws

Studies repeatedly confirm that the 8-16 weeks is the most important time to socialize and start training. These activities also create a strong bond between guardian and Pet.  Without laying the proper foundation during this time, the risk of behavioral problems increases greatly. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association “Behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters and, therefore, the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age, as opposed to infectious diseases.”

What your Pet learns in the first 8 to 16 weeks of his or her life has a key role in shaping the temperament and behavior of the adult Pet you will have. This 1½ to 2 hr. appointment is the perfect start.  SouthPaw can help.

  • Puppy Proofing your house–little ones bring particular concerns.
  • Learn what other important supplies you will need based on your specific breed of Pet
  • VERY IMPORTANT playtime and socialization guidelines and tips
  • Behavioral help with acclimating everyone, including other Pets, to your new Pet.
  • Learn importance of puppy socialization – see Reading
  • Get your FREE “must have items” Supply List by clicking below:
    Kitten Supply List
    Puppy Supply List

Dr. Ian Dunbar, animal behaviorist, veterinarian, dog trainer and writer has offered download of his e-books for FREE:
“BEFORE You Get Your Puppy”
“AFTER You Get Your Puppy”

It is part of his initiative to help keep puppies from ever becoming shelter dogs by sharing the information that is needed for real life with a puppy.  Life is busy, but please give yourself and your new puppy a leg up by at least skimming through the books to become familiar with what it is important to consider with your puppy. Every page is packed with fabulous info!


Our aging pets look to us to make the needed adjustments to their routines, diets and expectations of their abilities. We owe our elder friends the time and consideration to make changes to accommodate their golden years with the same assistance and dedication we showed them through their active years. Determining at what age your pet has reached their golden years varies not only from dogs to cats, but also by breed and size and can be established with your vet’s assistance.

The Golden Years

We often forget that older pets still need physical and mental stimulation or we are afraid to ask too much of them in their more fragile states. Training, games and exercise in the proper form and amount can greatly reduce cognitive and behavioral issues as well as keep your pet fit as they continue to age. As preventative measures or aids to getting your friend back on a path to health and happiness, South Paw can work with you to get the ball rolling!

Like Us, Pets Experience Similar Changes

  • Subtle Changes – Cognitive and Behavior changes, Sensory Changes in smell, sight, hearing, touch and even taste.
  • Physical Changes – Less muscle strength and endurance, weaker immune system, inappropriate elimination.
  • Nutrition – Less activity calls for different nutritional requirements and also helps prevent obesity and other diseases often seen in older pets.
  • Exercise – Arthritic or debilitated Cats and Dogs need their activity eased. Ramps and/or steps may be needed for them to access cars and other items where once they could easily jump. Otherwise, continuing physical activity is an absolute must to prevent deterioration.
  • Pain Management – Pets rely on us to monitor them for any signs of pain. Please report any physical changes or unusual behavior to your vet immediately. Whether you choose traditional or homeopathic measures for ailments, keeping our faithful friends comfortable is the least we can do for their years of companionship.

Keeping Paws Active for Happiness & Health is SouthPaw’s Goal

  • Assistance deciphering behavioral changes and suggestions for potential activity and/or environmental adjustments.
  • Based on Pet’s needs, suggested supplies for continued quality of life and improvement.
  • Activity guidelines and tips for regular stimulation and retention of muscle strength.
  • Support when coping with Pet aging and loss.

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