Caring For Your New Pet

Posted on: 22 July 2021

Bringing a new pet into your family can be a highly rewarding experience. However, it will require you to be prepared to meet the basic care needs of the animal. While caring for a pet is not particularly difficult, it can be easy for new pet owners to overlook some of the basic best practices for being a pet owner.

Familiarize Your Pet With Having Its Paws Handled

There can be many situations where you will need to handle your pet's paws. Whether this is to inspect a potential injury or to simply trim the animal's claws. Unfortunately, your pet may hate to have its feet handled, and this can make it much harder to perform these tasks. To reduce this problem, you should start to familiarize your pet with the sensation of having its paw handled from a young age. While it is possible to familiarize older animals with this, it will be more difficult and take much longer than if this is done when the animal is still very young.

Protect Your Pet Against Temperature Extremes

Some people may assume that temperature extremes will not be a significant problem for their pets. However, both hot and cold temperature extremes can put the animal at significant risk of suffering health problems. During periods of temperature extremes, you should make it a point to bring your pet into the house so that it can have shelter from the extreme hot or cold. Furthermore, you may want to invest in an outdoor shelter where the pet will be able to enjoy shade and protection from the rain.

Keep Your Pet's Vaccinations Up To Date

Vaccinating your pet can help to prevent a number of avoidable medical problems for the animal. Regretfully, some new pet owners may not appreciate the valuable role that vaccinations will have for their animals. This can lead to the pet owner failing to keep these vaccinations up to date, which can have the result of exposing their animal to a greater risk of contracting a serious illness. Furthermore, keeping your pet vaccinated can make it possible for you to use boarding services, doggy daycare programs, or other services that could make it easier to care for your pet as they will typically require proof of vaccination. While you might think that you will be able to simply have the pet vaccinated before boarding the animal, it should be noted that some vaccinations will require multiple shots that are spread out over multiple weeks.

Contact your local veterinarian to learn more.