Did you receive a new pet over the holidays? If you were one of the lucky people to receive a new member to your family over the holidays, congratulations! Now that you’re responsible for a new furry loved one, what do you do? When anyone – a pet or a person, is getting used to a new home, there will be an adjustment period. We hope that the following will help provide you with some good things to remember when helping a new pet turn your house into their new home.
Make a Budget
Owning a pet can become expensive if you’re not careful. Small expenses can add up quickly if you’re not mindful of a budget, so be sure to plan out your new pet’s preventative health treatments in advance. One such investment that you can make is our Free Vaccines for Life program through Dr. Bruce’s Animal Hospital. This will help make sure that your new dog or cat receives all their necessary vaccines in a cost-effective manner.
Don’t forget to plan for their daily diet, parasite preventatives, nutritional aids and required grooming. At Dr. Bruce’s Animal Hospital, we can provide you with the items and services you will need to maintain a healthy happy pet so that you never have to settle for lower quality products that may be found elsewhere.
Schedule Training Classes
When making an adjustment to living around new people in a different environment, it’s the perfect opportunity for your pet to receive behavior training. You may want to invest in some training in order to leash train your dog and instill them with a sense of appropriate behavior.
At Dr. Bruce’s Animal Hospital, we can refer you to resources that can help you get your new dog or cat trained properly and efficiently or simply provide advice on topics like housebreaking and litter training.
Learn Their Behaviors
Make a note of their usual behavior patterns so that you can spot when something is outside the norm. Learn their usual rhythms of their daily life. What time do they wake up? When are they going to sleep? How soon after eating do they go to the bathroom? How much water do they go through on a daily basis? All of these are questions to keep in mind while you observe your new pet.
Introducing Your Pet to Children
Many psychologists have touted the benefits that pets have on children. Even with the wonderful relationship that pets can have with kids, it’s normal for a dog or cat to be a little shy or anxious around them at first. Owning a pet is a great opportunity to teach your children responsibility, so embrace this chance! Be sure to always supervise your child whenever they play with your new pet, especially if your child is younger.
Introducing Your Pet to Their New Environment at Home
There are many new things that your pet will be introduced to in their new home. You’ll want to keep a close watch on your dog or cat to make sure that there’s nothing in their new environment that could be a potential allergen or danger for them. Some of the often-overlooked items that could be potential hazards include toxic plants that a pet could mistakenly eat. Make sure to pay close attention to anything within reach of your pet.
A lot can be learned simply through observation. Once you’ve learned the way your pet behaves on a regular basis, you’ll be able to spot abnormal behaviors. Do they seem uncomfortable? Do you see them scratching excessively? There are a number of factors in your pet’s new environment that could be causing them discomfort. If you notice any of these signs, you’ll want to take note of them so that you can report these observations to Dr. Bruce.
If you need any help with choosing a new pet, or have questions specific to your home or apartment, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Bruce. We’d love to speak with you about your potential new addition to make sure that you cover anything you could overlook when bringing a new furry loved one into your family.