Are you thinking of bringing home a new pet for the New Year? At the start of 2019, some families may decide to bring a new pet into their home. Whether you’ve adopted or purchased your new furry friend, there are important steps you must take. Whether you are a family of 1 or a family of 8, you’ll need to take some steps to help your new addition stay safe and healthy. This North Wales dog walker wants to help make that transition as easy as possible!
MAKE SURE YOUR PET HAS IDENTIFICATION
One of the most important things you can do is to get a collar and ID tag for your new pet. List your phone number and address on the ID tag. Make sure your pet is wearing that collar anytime they leave the house.
GET YOUR FURRY FRIEND MICROCHIPPED
Microchipping is a simple procedure that can be done at any Vet appointment. The average price is around $45. If your new pet is already microchipped, make sure to update/ change their information to reflect your address and phone number.
FIND THE CORRECT DIET
Every pet’s dietary needs are different, so finding the correct food might take a couple tries. In general, pets do best on a wet food diet made with high quality protein as the first ingredient. Some pets do not react well to chicken, while others have a tough time digesting beef. Even if a food allergy isn’t immediately obvious, if you notice a lot of flatulence or soft stools, you may want to give a different food a try!
SPAY / NEUTER YOUR PET
Please decide to spay / neuter your pet. There are a lot of conflicting articles lately about what age is best for neutering. I’d recommend doing your research and picking the age you feel most comfortable with. Whether you choose to spay / neuter at 6 months old or 2 years old, please have it done eventually.
Bringing home a new pet in the New Year is a big commitment. Hopefully these tips will help!