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Top 10 Things to Focus on as a New Pet Owner

  1. Prep your house

  • Preparing your home for your pet is so important. You’ll be coexisting with this new pet, and the best way to ease into that transition is to be prepared. Consider your home and all its rooms, floors, decor, etc. Where will your pet sleep? Where will they eat? Will you need a pet gate for areas that are off limits? These are all things to consider before your pet arrives. Preparing your house will also help you with training, and cut down the chances of your pet forming any bad habits early on. 

  1. Find a vet

  • Obviously our pets cannot advocate for themselves, so it’s crucial that you find a vet that you both feel comfortable with. Do your research, and find someone local to your home in case there is ever an emergency. Talk to other pet owners, and gather their suggestions. As much as we don’t want vet visits to be a regular occurrence, in the event that they are - it’s best to have a vet you can trust.

  1. Training

  • Training your pet is a spectrum, and ever evolving. You must be prepared to enforce the training you are trying to instill in your pet. If you feel that you need help with this, it is best to find a local trainer in your area that can assist you. Some pets need more training than others, depending on their breed and temperament. The most important thing to remember when it comes to training is consistency. 

  1. Nutrition

  • Nutrition cannot be overlooked when it comes to your pet. Not only is it important for survival, but a big contributing factor when it comes to overall health. Pets can have allergies, just like humans, and these allergies can cause all kinds of problems for your pet. Itchy skin, ear infections, general odor, and irregular stools are just a few problems that can come from bad nutrition.

  1. Cleanliness

  • General cleanliness is a huge part of having a pet. Keeping your pets area clean will help eliminate any outside bacteria or viruses that could be harmful to both you and your pet. Keeping your areas clean is also important for the safety of your pet. The cleaner you keep your home, the lesser the chance of your pet ingesting anything that will warrant a vet visit. 

  1. Exercise

  • Establishing an exercise routine is important. Exercise is not only good for your pets physical health, but it helps release any energy they might have built up throughout the day. 

  1. Grooming

  • Grooming our pets isn’t just for the benefit of our homes. It helps to fight matted fur, skin irritation, ear infections, and general discomfort. Some pets do not enjoy the grooming process, but it is a big contributing factor to their overall comfort and happiness therefore it must be prioritized.

  1. Oral Health

  • Gum health cannot be overlooked. Gum disease can cause bad breath, mouth pain, and difficulty eating. It can also cause fatal infections that can spread throughout your pets body. This doesn’t mean you have to brush your pet’s teeth everyday, but investing in products that support healthy gums along with regular dental check-ups should help fight off gum disease.

  1. Socialization

  • Pets can be very territorial of their owners and their space. This can sometimes cause them to be uncomfortable, and at times aggressive around new people or new places. Socializing your pet with other pets and people can help combat these issues. This can be as simple and stopping to say hello to another person or pet while out on a walk. 

  1. Quality Time

  • The best part of having a pet is the quality time that you get to spend with them. Your pet misses you just like you miss them, and they also crave spending time with you. Some pets will even act out when feeling neglected. It’s important to prioritize quality time with them. Lucky for us, pets love to do just about anything as long as they are with us!

In conclusion, preparing your house for your new pet is a crucial step in ensuring a smooth and harmonious coexistence. Taking the time to consider sleeping arrangements, designated eating areas, and potential pet-proofing measures can significantly contribute to a positive transition. A well-prepared environment not only aids in daily routines but also facilitates effective training, minimizing the likelihood of developing undesirable habits. By embracing these considerations and responsibilities, you can create a nurturing and supportive environment for your pet, enhancing both their quality of life and your own enjoyment of the companionship they offer.


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