How to Prepare Your Home for a New Pet

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You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and adopt a new best friend, but now you have to figure out how to prepare your home for your new pet. If you’re a first-time pet owner, it can feel a little overwhelming to make sure you’re completely ready for your new dog or cat. These tips will help you feel fully prepared to provide the best possible home for your furry friend.

  1. Spend a Day Pet-Proofing Your Home

Keeping your new dog or cat safe should be your top priority. Spend a day carefully combing through your home and making sure your pet can roam around while remaining safe and unharmed. During the holiday season, remove any low-hanging ornaments, decorations, or candles that could either pose a choking hazard to your pet or shatter and become dangerous shards that could cut your pet’s feet. Next, research and remove any toxic plants – including holly, azaleas, daffodils, and certain types of lilies – from your home and stash all cleaning products, lawn care products, and human medications in a closet or cabinet that your pets can’t get to. If your pets aren’t allowed in certain areas of the house, install baby gates that they can’t slip through or jump over.

  1. Get Their Special Area Ready

Setting up a special place for your pet to hang out, sleep, or retreat to when they need a moment to recover from the stress of adjusting to a new place can go a long way towards making them feel comfortable and safe in your home. Make sure you have everything set up the moment they arrive, whether they need a crate, a bed, pillows, blankets or a little den to crawl into.

  1. Visit Your Veterinarian for a Health Check

Schedule a visit to your veterinarian within the first week of having your pet at home. This will ensure that any health issues they have get caught early and taken care of as soon as possible. Have your veterinarian clean your dog’s teeth, check your pets for worms and other parasites, and get them on a regular parasite control schedule. You may even be able to start them on a flea and tick prevention treatment right away so that you never have to deal with an infestation in your home. The Veterinarians at Wellesley Animal Hospital in Richmond VA can give you tips on the best food, treats, and the right activity level for your specific pet. It’s also essential that you get your pets vaccinated and fixed if they aren’t already.

  1. Stock Up on the Basics

Make sure you stock up on everything you need to keep on hand for your pet. Some pet basics include a crate for transport to and from the vet, pet food, litter, treats for training, scratching posts and toys for cats, chew toys for dogs, I.D. tags, leashes, brushes, collars, potty bags, and any medication they need. You also may want to have some pet accident specific cleaning products on hand. When you’re housebreaking a puppy, accidents are bound to happen, and having the right cleaning products on hand will help make sure that stains and odors don’t stick around for months on end.