New Pet Parents: Read This

advice for new pet owners

Welcoming a new member of the family into your home is an exciting time. But while you sit in awe of their tiny paws or how adorable they look in their new bed, there are certain responsibilities that need to be taken care of.

In this guide, we’re going to share three things you need to do when bringing a new pet home.

Register with a local vet

The first crucial step is to register with a vet in your area. Easy Vet Clinic have vets across the US to make finding the right fit for you and your pet quick and easy. Booking in for an initial check over is good, too – especially if you’ve bought your pet rather than adopted from a reputable rescue. There are plenty of people selling pets online with very little care for their well-being. You might find your cat was advertised as having had its 'flea and worm' treatment but actually hasn't, or your perfect pedigree pooch has underlying health issues you weren’t aware of.

The preliminary appointment will give you peace of mind when it comes to know your new family member is in good health. The vet will likely provide you with plenty of advice too, and schedule in any vaccinations that need to be done.

Note: Don’t feel pressured to sign up with the first vet you visit. Check out online reviews to see what the general consensus is and take a look at what services they specialize in. If possible, you could also take a tour of the clinic beforehand to see if you feel comfortable with taking your pet there.

Make your home more pet friendly

With new surroundings and new people to get used to, the first few days in their new home can be pretty overwhelming for your pet. Before they arrive, you should make space for them to relax, sleep and hide should they need to. Provide them with an easy route to food and water and litter if you’re bringing a cat home.

To make the move easier, you might want to segment off a small area of the house. That way, they have time to get used to the space before exploring more rooms.

If you have house plants, it’s also worth checking out which plants are toxic to pets and getting rid of or placing them on higher surfaces.

Develop a schedule

It’s always best to assume your pet is not potty or litter trained. As such, putting in place a bathroom schedule will help them get used to what’s expected – whether that’s placing them in the litter tray or taking them out for a quick walk outside. Try not to get too angry if there are a few accidents while they’re settling in.

Similarly, you should make sure to dedicate time to play. This will help you bond and leave them feeling more relaxed. It’s also helpful to play with them before bedtime so that they get into the routine of being tired at the same time as you.

Welcoming a new pet can be stressful but incredibly rewarding. Your new friend will feel at home within a few days, and you can start to enjoy each other’s company.