Nothing is quite as exciting as bringing home a new pet, but there are a few preparations you need to make before the big day arrives. Once you’ve decided you want a pet, and what kind of pet, it takes some planning to assure you can provide a great home for him or her. If you have had pets before you know what pet ownership entails in general, but every animal is different. Whatever you can do to make the home comfortable for her before she moves in is going to make the experience more comfortable for both of you.
Getting to Know and Understand Your Pet
To some extent, a bit of research can prepare you for what to expect behaviorally from different dog and cat breeds. You’ve likely met the pet at the pound or kennel and have an idea of whether she is shy or outgoing, playful or timid. Behaviors will develop over time, especially if you’re adopting a puppy or kitten. Even adults may change their behavior as they get comfortable in their new home, so it’s important to pay special attention to their needs for the first few weeks and learn what they like and need to remain happy.
Understanding the Expenses of Responsible Ownership
The expenses of owning an animal go beyond the adoption fee and providing food throughout their lives. Every pet needs toys and treats, some may need special training equipment. If your pet is going to be unleashed outside, she needs a fence, whether a physical or invisible one. Although either option will work for most pets, if your pet climbs over or digs under a physical fence you’re going to need the invisible style. It’s rare, but some pets aren’t affected by the shock of the invisible fence and you’ll have the unexpected expense of installing a physical fence.
You’ll also have to pay for annual physical checkups. Hopefully you won’t have additional health issues and the expenses they incur. Unfortunately, your pet ages faster than you do and eventually you’re going to have to be prepared for the issues that come with old age. Now is the time to decide if you want to save money and be prepared for an emergency or whether an available health insurance plan is going to work best.
Scheduling Time for Your Pet
This goes without saying, but you need to plan time to spend with your pet. Dogs and cats don’t understand you’re tired from a long day at work, they still crave your attention. Some breeds are happy just to lay on the floor by your feet while you relax, others are more energetic and need rigorous exercise daily. Whether you live alone or with a family in which everybody is away from home for school or work during the day, it may be a good idea to consider getting two pets who can help entertain each other as they grow up together.
As exciting as it is to welcome a new family member into your home, proper planning will may the experience much better for both of you. Contact us at Animal House Veterinary Center to learn more about bringing home a new pet!