If your family is welcoming a new pet into your home, congratulations! There are several essential items you’ll want to get before your new furry family member joins you. First, consider heading to your local pet store for some important necessities. Then, you’ll want to make a list of appointments you’ll need to set up for your new pet. Let’s get started!
Items You’ll Want to Purchase for Your New Pet
One of the most exciting parts about welcoming a new pet is being able to pick out some fun items for them. Be sure to explore the list below of essentials for new pets to ensure you haven’t forgotten any key items that you’ll need.
- Pet Carrier. Don’t forget, you’ll need a pet carrier for safely transporting your new pet. Whether you’re taking them for a vet appointment, or to the park, a pet carrier is essential for transportation purposes, as a loose pet in your vehicle can be hazardous.
- Leash and Collar. Don’t forget to get tags made for your pet too! The tags should feature your phone number, the pet’s name and, if possible, your home address.
- Food and Water Dishes. Your pet’s bowls should be heavy enough to ensure they’re stable and not easily knocked over. Also, if your new pet is a puppy, be sure they don’t have to strain or climb in order or eat and drink.
- Toys. You can’t forget to grab a few safe toys for your new pet to play with!
Don’t Forget to Safe-Proof Your Home
Ensuring your home is safe for your new pet is very important. Although it can feel a little overwhelming, there are a few key things to look for, to make this process super simple.
- First, scan your home for any breakable items that are low to the ground and easy for your pet to access. This can be tough with cats, as they climb things regularly, but try to avoid placing any glass or breakable items near the edge of your tables, dressers or countertops.
- Next, be sure that all electrical cords are out of reach from your pet.
- Also, ensure all hazardous cleaning supplies, motor oils, antifreezes and medications are stored out of sight.
- Finally, you’ll want to make sure that any chewable toys you’ve given your pet are safe for them to digest. If not, only allow your new pet to play with them when you’re carefully monitoring them.
When it comes to potty training your house, and protecting your home from accidents, here are a few helpful tips:
- Typically, when your dog has to use the bathroom, they’ll sniff the ground to find a good spot or race around wildly.
- When you see this inside your home, pick them up and take them outside as soon as you can.
- After they’ve done their duty outside, be sure to praise them.
- Avoid using newspaper or other items to house train puppies. You are only reinforcing that it is okay to go in the house.
Come See Hometown Vet for All of Your Pet’s Needs
At Hometown Vet, we would love to meet your new pet! For a new puppy, we typically see them first at around eight weeks for a complete physical examination. At that appointment, we’ll vaccinate, provide parasite prevention and examine their overall health to insure they grow into a healthy dog or cat.
Additionally, we can also provide microchipping to help you easily locate your pet should they wander off. We also provide specific behavioral training, if needed.