Welcoming a pet into your home is super exciting but a big commitment. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly or done in the spur of a moment.Before diving in, you need to make sure that bringing a pet home is the best thing for both you and the pet.
While the past year has resulted in us all spending a lot more time at home, that doesn’t mean this will be the same forever. It’s important to seriously consider whether you’ll have the time needed to dedicate to a pet before taking the plunge.
If you’re at the stage where you know you can give a new pet the best life and are ready to take on the responsibility, these are a few things you need to consider before bringing them home.
Do they have time to settle in?
Your new pet should have time to settle in. Some companies offer puppy leave so you can take time off to make them feel at home. If your house is typically a busy place, try to make things a little calmer during their transition period.
Within the first few days, you should avoid leaving your new pet alone for considerable amounts of time, too.
What vaccines do they have, what will they need?
Depending on what age you are getting your new pet, they may or may not have had their vaccinations. Before taking your pet home, you should speak to the breeder or rescue to get as much information about their health history as possible. Puppies typically will come with their own paperwork, so be sure to collect this before heading back home.
You should get your new pet booked in for a checkup as soon as possible. Walkin vets Madison, AL don’t even require pre-booking – meaning you’ll be able to get your new pet scheduled in for their vaccinations and checkup even faster.
Will they need microchipping ?
It’s always a good idea to get your pet microchipped – especially if they will be going out of the house, like cats or dogs. If your breeder or rescue has already had them microchipped, they will be able to give you the information to help you change the address and account details.
Will they be neutered?
You should always neuter your pets, so to avoid accidental pregnancies and spraying accidents. Un-neutered pets lead to more strays and unwanted animals – which is never nice for the animals themselves. Discuss with your vet neutering options and what they recommend.
Parasite prevention plans
Fleas, worms, and other parasites can become a huge problem if prevention plans aren’t put in place. Consult your vet for their recommendations on treatments, prevention, and brands to buy. Getting rid of fleas can be a tricky task and can leave both humans and pets feeling itchy and uncomfortable.
There are a lot of things to prepare and consider when introducing a new pet into your family. If you think you are ready to take on the challenge, we hope you and your new family member are happy and healthy!