THE STATESMAN – Handling a New Pet: If you are an animal lover, there are a lot of things you need to know before you bring the pet into your home. There are a lot of decisions to be made and factors to consider before deciding whether to bring home a new pet – where should the pet sleep the first night, who will be there to care for it and have- you all the supplies on you hand? Don’t give in to impulse and bring home a pet at the wrong time. Do your research well. These are the things you need to analyze first.
BRINGING A PET HOME SHOULD BE THE FAMILY’S DECISION
Pets are a big commitment and should be a collective responsibility, so before you get started, make sure it’s the decision of the family.
Divide support roles. Deciding on the primary goalie is important. It is important to clarify issues such as who will manage the dog’s eating schedule and walking schedule, etc. Sort out issues like, will the dog be allowed on the bed? On the couch? Where will the animal sleep? Are certain rooms in the house definitely off limits? Include your family in decisions so everyone is on the same page.
STOCK ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
Buy a few basics ahead of time, so you and your pet can settle in without too much hassle.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
– Food and water bowls
– Food and maybe some treats for training – talk to your vet about an appropriate diet
– Anti-stain and anti-odor cleaners
– Perhaps baby or pet gates to block off sections of your home.
YOUR PET-PROOF HOME
Before your boyfriend comes home with you, it is essential that you prepare your house. Do your best to protect every room in your home from pets. Destructive pet behavior is common, frustrating, and can be dangerous to your pet. Your pet is sure to find all the little things that can hurt him.
FIND THE RIGHT VETERINARIAN
A new pet should visit your veterinarian for the first time a few days after coming home. It is important that the animal undergoes a physical examination, even if no vaccine is due. This is a chance to ensure that there are no health issues that have not been detected by the breeder, shelter or rescue group.
It’s best to find a good veterinarian before bringing your pet home. Then you’ll have the vet lined up and you won’t have to rush to find one. Look for a veterinary practice with a great reputation in a convenient location for you.
CHOOSE AGE AND BREED APPROPRIATE FOOD
Not all pet foods are created equal. Some are better than others, and some make claims that aren’t always supported by facts. It would be easy to just grab the bag or can of pet food with the most beautiful design on the cover, but that is not what will guarantee the long-term health of our pets.
Choose the best food for your pet and always look for a complete and balanced labeled diet.
From when they’re young to when they’re older, your pet food choices should be guided by the animal’s specific needs, life stage, and lifestyle. You can do some cursory research to get a good idea of why it’s important and what to look for, but for the best advice, consult your vet.
EQUIP YOUR PET WITH A CORRECT ID
Finally, make sure your pup is properly equipped with an ID so that if he should get loose – and it eventually happens to almost everyone – you’ll get him back safely. Have your details on your pet’s collar, either on a tag or printed directly on the collar.
Also, keep photos handy. It’s a good reason to track your pet’s growth, but you may need these pictures when it comes time to post them around town or go with the local shelter in case your pet is delivered to them. A GPS device that attaches to the collar is a nifty way to track your pet, but it loses its usefulness when the collar is lost.