6 Helpful Tips for First-Time Pet Owners

Published - 17 August 2022, Wednesday
  • Pets

Pets can bring so much joy into a person's life. Not only does owning a pet encourage you to get outside and exercise, but it can also decrease your stress and enhance your quality of life. If you have decided to adopt a pet you may have a lot of questions about how to care for your new friend. Following are six helpful tips you can use in order to make sure your new pet gets the best start possible. Image Source: Pexels

1. Research the Right Pet for Your Lifestyle

Although you may have your heart set on a certain type of pet, it is important to make sure that your lifestyle is a great fit for them as well. If you work long hours and your home is usually empty during the day you probably won't want to adopt a puppy. New puppies take a considerable amount of time to train, especially in the beginning. Regardless of the pet you choose, make sure you have the time and energy to give them the attention and care they deserve.

2. Seek Out Advice From Knowledgeable Pet Owners

Owning a new pet can be exciting, yet stressful. Seek out the advice of knowledgeable pet owners if you have questions about training methods or care. Other pet owners can provide you with valuable advice on how to ensure your pet is properly cared for. If you have recently adopted a dog, you may want to consult with a trainer, or even enrol your puppy in obedience classes. Start training your dog from the very beginning in order to provide them with the structure they need.

3. Pet-Proof Your Home

Before bringing your new pet home it's important to ensure you are bringing them into a safe environment. If your new pet is a puppy or kitten, you'll want to make sure all items are picked up off the floor and that valuables are stored away. A good way to ensure you have adequately pet-proofed your home is to get down on all fours and view your home from the eye level of your new pet. Check under the couch for wrappers, coins, and other items. You'll be surprised how much you may have accidentally missed.

4. Prepare For Your Pet With the Right Supplies

You'll want to start gathering all the supplies you'll need a few weeks before you bring your pet home. A great place to go to for pet supplies is a pet store. Their sales associates are usually pretty knowledgeable about what supplies you'll need to care for your particular pet. Consider purchasing just the basics at first, and add to your supplies as you become more familiar with their particular needs.

5. Find a Great Veterinarian

No one likes to think about their pet becoming ill, especially if it happens during the evening or late at night. Look for a great veterinary clinic that offers personalized veterinary care and extended hours of service. There are veterinary clinics that offer traditional in-person care, virtual care through video calls, and emergency after-hours care for sudden emergencies. By finding a veterinary service that offers a variety of care options, you'll be well prepared to take care of your pet if they suddenly become ill or get hurt.

6. Use the Right Food For Your Pet

Make sure you are using high-quality pet food for your new companion. Research the labels on the back of their food and treat bags and make sure you are purchasing products that are made with natural ingredients instead of cheap fillers. While higher quality pet food might initially be more expensive than the cheaper bargain brands, higher quality food is likely to keep your pet out of the hospital more often, as well as improve their quality of life, so you can keep them with you for as long as possible.

Closing Thoughts

Bringing home a new pet can be exciting, yet exhausting. Always remember to try to stay patient as you and your new pet adapt to living with one another. As frustrating as these first few weeks can be, take a deep breath and remember that everything is going to be okay. By remaining patient with your new pet, you'll create a deeper connection with them and have a best friend for life.​​​​​​​

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