6 Ways to Prepare for Being a Pet Owner
Getting a new pet is a very exciting time. You are adding to your family and expanding and it’s a great thing. However, there are a few things that you will want to do before even bring home your new furry friend. You want to make sure that they are going to be properly cared for from dental cleaning to tumor removal and everything in between. Here are a few ways that you can prepare your home for bringing on a new four legged member.
- Talk About it With the Family
If you want everyone to share in the responsibility of taking care of the pet, then you will need to sit down with them and talk about it before hand. Make sure everyone is on board and understands the reality of the responsibility that they are about to take on. If you have children, if you could be helpful to set specific jobs that they alone will be in charge of.
- Research What You Should Get
You should also research where you will buy it from. There was a woman that bought her dog on Craig’s List and the owner swore up and down there was nothing wrong with the dog and as it turns out, the poor dog needed extensive surgery for tumor removal shortly after the woman adopted her. Keep in mind that breeders are more expensive and when you adopt from a shelter you are rescuing the animal.
- Consider the Investment You’re Making
Both time and money need to be considered before getting a pet. They need more than just food and water. Vet bills can be high and the time it takes to invest in a pet can be taxing on your lifestyle if you are a busy person. Animals need love and attention just as much as anyone else. Make sure that you have the money and time available to take care of the animal in the way that they deserve, before deciding on adopting.
- Prepare the Home Itself
Make sure that you living arrangements are conducive to an animal. Decide ahead of time where the pet will eat and sleep and where its supplies will be kept. If you need to purchase safety gates for certain areas of the house, go ahead and do that now. If you are going to be potty training you will want to already have the necessary supplies on hand before being the pet home. Make sure you also have the cleaning supplies needed to clean up any accidents that will inevitably occur.
- Choose Your Vetinarian
You want a vet that can be do everything from pet wellness examps to tumor removal and all kinds of veterinary care. It is recommended to take your pet to the vet at least one a year, or every 6 months for older pets in order to get regular check ups. While tumor removal isn’t something every pet owner is going to have to worry about, it’s nice to know that the vet you have built a repor with can deal with extensive pet injury and pet surgery like that if needed. Teeth and gum inspection is a big part of caring for a pet a good vet can give you pet food suggestions to help maintain a healthy mouth.
- Purchasing the Animal
Keep in mind that rehoming can be very unsettling and stressful for an animal. They don’t always understand it like we do and have no idea what is in store for them. Talk with your family before going in about remaining calm and not to act to excitable. The animal of your choosing may try to resist you but have each member of the family calmly and slowly appreach the animal and ‘introduce’ themselves but holding out their hand for the animal to sniff before trying to pet them.
After you bring home the dog or cat or other pet, expect your life to change entirely. Living with an animal is a very different way of life. While there is lots of laughter and fun and love, there always needs to be a lot of kindness and patience especially when it comes to training. Don’t allow yourself to become frustrated and very soon all your hard work will pay off.