Bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting event. There is so much to do, so much to learn. It’s a time for you to get to know your new friend…and for him or her to get to know you.
Remember that your home is a new and unfamiliar setting for the animal. Give him or her a chance to acclimate to these new surroundings. Often, a dog or a cat may be shy, wary, or even hide once they come into a new home. This is normal. Patience and understanding will go a long way toward creating a comfortable experience for you new pet.
Once you decide to bring a new animal into your home, the next big decision is where to find your new friend. Adoption is a rewarding and conscientious choice. There are so many wonderful animals who are in need of a good home like the one you could provide. A shelter or rescue organization such as Found are great places to start your search. Often, animals adopted from shelter or rescue organizations are already spayed or neutered (or they can make arrangements to have these important surgeries done), inoculated, and microchipped. And by adopting, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you provided a good home to a homeless animal.
Making sure your dog lives a long, healthy, happy life is your responsibility. To do this, you will have to provide:
Making sure your cat lives a long, healthy, happy life is your responsibility. To do this, you will have to provide:
The best way to help an animal in an emergency is to be prepared before an emergency occurs. Always have your veterinarian’s information in an easily accessible location. Find the local emergency veterinary clinics in your area and familiarize yourself with their locations and contact information. If your pet takes any kind of medication, have a list readily available to give to a veterinarian in the event of an emergency. You can also talk with your veterinarian about learning basic first aid techniques for your pet.
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