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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Basic Pet Care Tips for New Pet Owners

Getting a dog has been such a wonderful change for our family, but that doesn't mean it is always the easiest. There is a lot of information new pet owners need to know. Here are some things from a reader to help you learn how to take care of your new pet.


Whether you’re thinking about getting a pet or already adopted one, you must prepare well beforehand so you won’t feel too overwhelmed and shocked. Pets are a great responsibility as they require a lot of care whether it’s about vet visits, walks, food, or anything else. If you’ve never owned a pet before know that it’s one of life’s greatest joys but it can also be quite intimidating.

You may find yourself having anxiety attacks thinking whether you can continue taking care of it, or if it will pee all over the house, but remember that those are things that pass quickly once they learn how to behave. Below we’ll break down a few simple tips on how to take care of your new furry friend.

Vet care

One of the first things one must do when getting a new puppy is to find a great vet that would be the right fit. They’ll take care of vaccines, wellness, and emergencies, meaning they’ll be of great importance throughout your furry companion’s life. Given that pets have a shorter-than-human lifespan, remember that regular checkups are a must.

They can get a checkup at least once or twice a year depending on your pet’s health, and note that when they’re young their vaccination schedule may require more frequent vet visits. For some animals, trips to the vet can be quite challenging so make sure you reduce their stress whenever you plan to take them.

Read up on puppies

Since becoming a first-time pet owner can bring a lot of uncertainties, it’s always best to do thorough research and find everything you need to know about small animals. Note that they’re babies and still don’t know anything unless you show and train them. There are plenty of things to learn about raising puppies the right way. Vaccination, socialization, and training are only a few of the things you will need to educate yourself on.

Carrying for a small animal can sometimes feel like a full-time job, so researching before they arrive home can be a positive thing so you’ll be ready for anything. From training them to urinate and defecate in a designated place to providing them with the appropriate food and other hygiene habits.

Stock up on pet supplies

Your new pet is going to need all sorts of things including proper nutrition, toys, a bed, collars, leashes, and so on. You’ll probably want to get everything you see in the pet store, but carefully think about what they need and not just what they would want. Remember that your pet’s diet is the foundation of good health.

Learn more about the basics of canine nutrition, and choose the right diet for your furry friend. If they’re doing well on a certain type of food, then it’s probably good for them. Try to introduce new things gradually so you’ll see what they like and dislike. Training pads are among the most important supplies for the basic needs of pets.


Training

For dogs, training is essential. It helps owners control them and gives the dogs a sense of structure. Note that training can make you and your pet happier in the long run, and can also enhance your bond. Make sure you take the time to train your furry friend, working through all the important steps including basic commands.

Depending on the breed, some dogs need proper training from professionals, so make sure you find a suitable one. Note that your pet will need some time to relax in their new environment so even if you start training right away you may not get immediate results.

Be prepared for health and behavior problems

Be prepared that a few health problems are bound to come up in your dog’s lifetime, and if you’re lucky you’ll only see some of the common ones that are a bit easier to deal with. Hopefully, your pet won’t encounter serious illnesses or some medical emergencies. Make sure you take the necessary steps to keep your pet healthy.

When it comes to behavior issues, note that no pet is perfect. Most pet owners will have to deal with common behavior issues like excessive barking or destructive chewing, while others may encounter more serious problems including aggression, and separation anxiety. So, it’s good to stay informed of any canine behavior before they become an issue for you and your pet.

Final thoughts

Be a reasonable pet owner, commit and accept responsibility for their actions. Take proper care of them while respecting the community, and if you’re willing to do this then you’re on the right track. Most importantly, read or ask for advice on how to take care of them, and make sure they receive plenty of cuddles and love.

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