Everything a New Pet Owner Needs to Know
According to the Global Animal Health Association, there are more than one billion pets worldwide. As a new pet owner, are you ready to take on the responsibility of a new dog or new cat? When you have a new kittie or new puppy in your home, there are things you need to know!
A new pet means puppy deworming, wellness visits, and training. Getting your new pet acclimated to your home will help you both feel at ease!
Here’s more on what every new pet owner needs to know.
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Deworming rids your new dog or new cat of parasites (tapeworms, roundworms, etc.) that can improve your dog’s overall health. The deworming process also eliminates parasites being transmitted to humans.
The medication paralyzes the intestines’ worms, and your cat or dog will pass them when they go to the bathroom.
Puppy deworming also reduces the chances of your dog or cat having stomach pains. Abdominal issues can land your pet in the hospital!
Many vets recommend deworming your new kittie or dog every two weeks until they reach three months of age. It’s best to contact your veterinarian about a puppy deworming schedule.
It’s essential that your cat or new puppy get accustomed to regular visits to the veterinarian. These visits ensure your pet is up-to-date on all shots and is a healthy weight.
A vet will also recommend a schedule for teeth cleanings and inspect them for tumors or other ailments.
Not sure about a vet? Ask your family and friends about who they use as their veterinarian. Check online reviews for vets in your area.
Begin training your new pet early. Your new dog should walk on a leash, sit, stay, and come to you when called. Avoid feeding your pet from the table.
Many new pet owners decide to send their pets for training, which could help if you are new to owning a pet.
Training helps ward off destructive behaviors before they begin. It will keep your dog from nipping or biting people. You’ll avoid bad bathroom routines, too.
Pet-Proof Your Home
Homeowners must do several things to ‘proof’ their home when they bring new pets home. You must pick up electrical cords and keep cleaning supplies out of reach.
Small items on the floor can be a choking hazard. Keep windows and doors closed and keep drapery out of their reach.
Also, keep any medications away from pets. Keep your toilet lids closed (so pets don’t drink out of the toilet – or worse, fall in!). Securing trash cans and keeping pets away from sharp objects is also important.
Advice for a New Pet Owner
A new pet owner should know about deworming, wellness visits to the veterinarian, and training. Moreover, it’s essential to ‘pet-proof’ your home to avoid any problems. Following these steps ensures you’ll have a healthy and vibrant pet as part of the family!
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Last Updated on February 22, 2023