The First Things to Do When You Get a New Pet

The First Things to Do When You Get a New Pet

Getting a new pet is a very exciting time. You want to make sure that everything is ready for your new pet as soon as you bring it home. Often, there is an adjustment period for both you and your pet, whether it is a puppy or an older animal. There are some things that you can do to make this transition a successful one.

Give the Pet a Special Place

Create a special place in your home that your pet can feel is their very own. Make it comfortable with a pet bed or kennel, their food and water dishes, and some toys for dogs or a scratching post for a cat. Giving your pet their own space within your home allows them to slowly get used to their new environment. They will recognize that space as their own and can retreat to it when they are feeling overwhelmed by their new surroundings. If they have belongings from the previous owner or breeder to put in the area, that will make it even more comforting for them.

Gather Everything You Need

Gather everything you need before you ever bring the pet home. Make sure you have a place for the pet to sleep, a way for them to eat and drink, plenty of food on hand, toys, and other comforts. You don’t want to get your pet home and suddenly discover that you are missing the important tools to help get them trained and used to their new home.

Contact the Vet

Even if your new pet comes with vet records and claims of having all of their shots, it is important to make a vet visit right way. You should locate a good vet before you bring your pet home and have the appointment soon after. Your vet can make sure that they are up to date on vaccinations. They can also make sure that the pet is healthy and not facing any potentially troublesome health conditions.

If you have a new pet, contact us today for an appointment. We can examine your pet and make sure that he and your family are fully prepared for the transition to pet ownership.

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