10 things to consider before you bring a new pet home

Some of the greatest moments in life are the day we first met our pets and the day we adopted them and they came home with us. Here are 10 things to consider before you bring a new dog or cat home.

# 1 Can you commit?

Do you have the time to walk your dog three times a day? Will you remember to train your cat every night? If the answer is no and you don’t have anyone to perform these essential tasks, stop here and consider a fish or parakeet as a pet that is not in great demand.

# 2 Does your pet fit into your lifestyle?

Choosing a pet based on how popular or cute it is is probably one of the worst decisions people make. Too often these pets are unceremoniously brought to a shelter when they prove to be too energetic, too needy, too intolerant. The list is endless.

Get to know the breed you are interested in and be open to changing your mind if it does not match your ability to care for their temperament. Ask a lot of questions to the people adopting the animal, maybe even find a breed specific group to ask some members questions. A good example is the recent Chihuahua Delusion. Sure, they are adorable and can live at home in any size, and they are very low maintenance. The catch is that they are usually not very tolerant of children and are one of the breeds known to bite children without much provocation. A pet cat should also suit your personality. For example, some cats require a lot of attention and interaction, while others are mostly independent. Research and choose carefully.

# 3 Interview vets before adoption

Before you decide on the type of pet that suits you, ask your friends for their veterinary recommendations. A veterinarian can be an excellent source of information to help you choose the best pet to suit your lifestyle and needs. Not all veterinarians are the same, and you want a veterinarian that best suits your needs. This will be a lifelong relationship and as such the choice is very important. Again, do your research. Read online reviews from the veterinarians in your community (with a grain of salt), ask the snow groomers in your area who they recommend and make an appointment with them.

Our tip: Don’t just rely on the kindness of a vet towards people (i.e. you). A good veterinarian often has better skills in relation to animals than to people. It is also your prerogative to ask the veterinarian if he/she can provide some references.

# 4 Make your home animal friendly

Did you know that something as simple as chewing gum can be lethal to dogs or that ibuprofen is toxic to cats? It is very important that you go through your home now before you bring a new pet home to look for any dangers and get them out of the way or out of the house. This includes pet-level cabinets, countertops, bottles of chemicals on the floor, small toys, power cords and curtain cords. And it doesn’t stop here. You also need to check your house and garden for poisonous plants for dogs or cats. If you carry a handbag or pouch, you need to find and dispose of potential hazards – like sugarless gum, which often contains xylitol.

# 5 Choose an age and breed a suitable food

Not all pet food is the same. Some are better than others, and some claim that facts are not always based on facts. It would be easy to just grab the pet food bag or can with the most beautiful design on the lid, but that’s not what guarantees the long-term health of our pets. Choose the best food for your dog or cat and always look for a diet that is labelled as complete and balanced. From the time they are young to the time they are seniors, your choice of pet food should depend on the specific needs, life stage and lifestyle of the animal. You can do some cursory research to get a good idea of why this is important and what to look for. For the best advice, contact your vet.

# 6 Be prepared for an adjustment period

If it is a puppy that you are adopting into your home, be prepared to cry. Yes, just like human babies, baby dogs cry at night during the first days in their new home. But unlike human babies, it’s not a good idea to bring your puppy to your bed to calm him down. The best thing you can do before you bring your puppy home is to create a quiet, enclosed space with a comfortable bed or kennel that can be closed to keep your puppy from wandering around. Choose a place where your dog will be permanent. Let your puppy have free, supervised privileges during the day to walk around the house and smell everything. This is also a great way to spot dangers you may have overlooked on the first pass.

Bedtime for cats is a little easier. Arrange your kitten’s sleeping area in a safe area near her litter tray so she doesn’t get lost and start looking for it. Then let him romp around in his area until he can fall asleep.

It’s a little more difficult when you bring a new pet into a home with pets. You must make sure that your pet does not feel threatened enough to attack the newcomer.

# 7 Train your pet

If you want your happy home to remain a happy home, the house training must begin immediately after you bring your pet home. If you are adopting a kitten, introduce her to her litter box as soon as you bring her into the house. If it’s a puppy, keep him on a leash and take him outside to get to know his neighbourhood. Most puppies will be intimidated by their new surroundings and you don’t want to scare your puppy. A very short walk on the first outing is all that is needed. Start training on that first outing. If the puppy relieves himself outside while he’s doing it, say, “Go now.” By repeating this command, you can turn your dog off in any weather without worrying about how long it will take your dog to relieve himself.

# 8 Select appropriate pet treats and toys

The right treats are especially essential for puppies. Treats are one of the best tools for behavioural training when used wisely. Experiment with a few different treats for dogs and stick with the one that has the highest value for your puppy. That’ll be the treat he’ll do anything for, including staying by your side, even if a powdered cat comes along. Stay handy when you give treats. It’s tempting to be liberal when it comes to treating our “little babies”, and just like giving candy to a human child, too many snacks can lead to an unhealthy body. Even healthy snacks can lead to overweight. Always keep a treat in your pocket for exercise. Be careful with rawhide;; It can be torn into pieces and swallowed in large pieces, which can possibly lead to choking or intestinal blockage. Toys should be free of buttons, strings and anything that can be bitten off and swallowed. Stick to rubber balls for dogs (which are harder to tear), nylon bones, and non-toxic stuffed animals, and ask other dog parents for advice on toys that will hold under puppy pressure.

Cats have always liked spring bars, and many cats respond to laser light devices. And don’t forget the old standbys: catnip stuffed mouse toys and old boxes. Cats love treats too, so follow the same advice above and treat them sensibly.

# 9 Consider neutering and neutering

Castration, a term that can refer to spaying or castration surgery , can usually be performed at the age of eight weeks . Generally, castration is carried out for about four to six months, long before the animal reaches reproductive age. Some people choose not to base their decision on the feeling that the animal is losing its sense of identity (male), that the animal is missing the life milestone of birth (female) or that the animal is losing its ability to be protective. None of these reasons are actually based .

The best thing you can do for the health of your pet is to have it neutered. Yes, neutering reduces aggression in most cases, but a dog does not protect its human family any less. And your female pet will feel no less than if she does not give birth. It would be worse for her if her babies were taken away from her than if she did not give birth at all. She won’t know the difference. She’ll also be less prone to breast and ovarian cancer. Ask your vet for his recommendation.

# 10 Equip your pet with the proper identification

Finally, make sure that your puppy or kitten is properly issued with an ID card so that you can return him to you safely if he ever gets loose – and that happens to almost everyone in the end. Have your contact information on your pet’s collar, either on a label or directly on the collar itself (the latter can be ordered or custom made by you) Also have photos ready. This is a good reason to keep track of your pet’s growth. However, you may need these pictures if you plan to publish them in town or leave at the local shelter if your pet is delivered to them. A GPS device attached to the collar is a smart way to track your pet. However, it will lose its effectiveness if the collar is lost.

Microchips are the best security for identification and must be used in combination with a collar to have the best chance of finding a lost pet. Now remember to update your contact information with the company that keeps records of the microchip whenever your contact information changes. It can make all the difference whether your pet is returned to you or remains lost to you forever.

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