Furever Friend: What to Consider When Adopting a New Pet

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As most pet lovers will agree, all pets are wonderful and deserve the best home and love anyone of us can give. Each is so deserving in their own special way. But when it comes to finding the right match, there are some differences between pets and people that can make for a match made in heaven (or the other direction). Not every pet is the right fit for you. There are variables to consider that can help make the match a perfect one.

Your friends at Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital want to point out some helpful considerations when adopting a new pet for a great addition to your family.

Ready, Set, Adopt!

One of the biggest hurdles to adopting the perfect pet for your family is understanding where you are coming from, what you expect, and whether or not you’re ready. Commiting to a pet is a lifelong decision, and many pets live up to 20 years. Pets are not only time-consuming in the best possible ways, but they are costly. 

Are you ready to …

  • Commit to training and socializing your pet
  • Spend at least 30 minutes each day exercising them
  • Spend additional time interacting with them, such as grooming, snuggling, etc.
  • Pay for veterinary costs, spay/neuter surgery, nutritious food, treats, toys, and so on
  • Know that your apartment or other rental allows pets
  • Understand the right time to adopt a pet (not right before a major change or other commitment, for example)

It’s also important to understand why you want to adopt. It’s a life-long journey with a new fur friend, so be prepared and know what you are devoting yourself to.

Bringing Them Home

The excitement is in the air as you await your new adoptee’s arrival. In most cases, your pet will come to you after being spayed or neutered and given their first vaccines. Make a wellness examination appointment with your veterinarian as soon as you adopt, to ensure that your pet is in good health. You can ask all the questions you want to take the best care of your new little one.

Here are some suggestions for preparing for your adopted pet.

  • Gather your supplies, such as a crate, pet bed, baby gates, toys, food, treats, grooming supplies, leash and collar, etc.
  • Plan your strategy for housetraining (we recommend training and socialization classes for puppies).
  • Choose the time for arrival when you have a few days off from work, so you can help your pet adjust. 
  • Establish house rules that all family members agree to with the new pet.
  • Keep your pet in a secure place in the home for a few days as they settle in. A good place would be a shared area where they can see everyone, such as a den or kitchen.
  • We recommend using crate training with your new pet, especially as they are being housetrained. Ask about crate training techniques that work. Having a safe little den for your pet can be a great way to get them settled and relaxed in their new happy home.

Patience and Time

Change is hard, and it is especially hard for furry loved ones. After being in a stressful shelter or rescue, your pet will need a lot of reassurance. Some behavioral problems, like barking, having accidents in the home, and other issues may be present. Many of the problems can be remedied, though, through a dedicated approach to training, socialization, and patience.

Knowing that your new pet is a loveable addition to the family, it is easy to commit to their best care. And this includes veterinary care, training, providing exercise and playtime, and, of course, your love.

Questions About Adopting a New Pet? Call Us!

If you have additional questions about adopting a new pet, we are your go-to source of information and veterinary care. Please contact us! We look forward to meeting your best friend.