How to choose your new puppy or kitten
It is important to know how to choose your new Puppy or Kitten to have a healthy and well-balanced Pet.
If you’ve made the exciting decision to take on a new four-legged family member, it’s important to choose wisely. Mixed breed and local breed pets often have less health problems than pure breeds as they are well adapted to the environment. There are already hundreds of puppies and kittens looking for their forever homes which are currently cared for by animal charities, which is why we recommend to Adopt Not Shop.
These local charities can help you find the perfect new friend:
- Laws of Paw: https://www.facebook.com/lawsforpawsvietnam
- Pawfect Match SG: https://www.facebook.com/PawfectMatchSGN
- SAR(Nhóm cứu trợ động vật): https://www.facebook.com/nhomcuutrodongvatsaigon
- Vietnam animal rescue: https://www.facebook.com/VARsaigon
- Saigon Pet Adoption Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/476431419394792
- Hanoi Pet Addoption: https://www.facebook.com/hanoipetadoption
Rescue House Luang Prabang: https://www.facebook.com/rescuehouselpb
If you still decide you want to purchase your pet from a breeder, it’s important to know a few things to make sure your pet will be healthy and happy and that the breeding practices are ethical.
- You should always ask to see the parents of the puppy or kitten; they need to stay with their mother for at least 7-8 weeks to ensure proper growth and mental development. So you shouldn’t be taking your new pet home until they have reached this age.
- How do the parents look? Are they happy and healthy and interested to interact with you?
- There should not be lots of animals housed all together, especially if they are from different litters – there is a high risk for disease outbreaks – such as diarrhea and respiratory infections – coughing and sneezing.
4. Vaccinations should not be started until 8 weeks of age as the antibodies from the mother’s milk will make them less effective if given at a younger age.
5. Any vaccinations given need to be signed and stamped by a licensed veterinarian to be valid.
6. Ear cropping or tail docking is not necessary for any breed; it’s painful for the puppy and unethical practice.
7. The breeder should be happy to answer any questions and show you where the animals are living, if not it’s a bad sign and could be an unethical puppy/kitten farm.
8. If you want to fly with your pet in the future, take into account that it is difficult to transport short nosed breeds by plane (E.g. Pug, Bulldog, British Shorthair, Persians). Many airlines do not accept these breeds for transport