Congratulations on your new pet! You have probably done lots and lots of research to be sure that your new family member will fit into your home. But do you know what to do when your new pet gets there? Here are some tips:
- Be sure that your home is pet-proofed. Remove any potentially toxic or dangerous items from reach. Don’t forget that pets have teeth, making items like electrical cords very dangerous. Baby gates and/or crates can help to keep your new addition safe from things you don’t want them getting into.
- Give your new pet some breathing room. The transition can be stressful for him or her as well. Do not overwhelm your new friend and allow plenty of time before introducing him or her to any other pets in the household.
- Keep a routine. Making meal time, play time, and potty time predictable will smooth the transition.
- Introduce your new pet to your veterinarian within a few days. This visit will allow your animal and its doctor to get to know each other, as well as give you a chance to ask questions and address any concerns you may have.
- Plan ahead. Chances are your new little bundle of joy is going to need some care in the coming months. Does he or she need to be spayed or neutered? What vaccines will your new pet need? Does he or she need any type of parasite prevention? If you are not sure, talk to your veterinarian.
Adopting a pet is a wonderful action, but it’s only the beginning. You are now responsible for another little life. We are happy to help you care for your furry family member and hope you are able to enjoy one another for many years to come.