Bringing your new pet home

Have a heart - Adopt

bringing-pet-homeSo you’ve taken the plunge and adopted a pet. No doubt you’re excited and looking forward to giving a lifelong friendship with your new buddy. But try to keep in mind the confusion he is feeling right now. Whatever his past history, coming home with you is a new experience. He is likely to be a little disoriented, wondering where he is and who all these new people are. The key to helping your new pet make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. Prepare the things you will need in advance: a collar, leash, food and water bowls, food, toys, and don’t forget to order an identification tag right away. Try to arrange the arrival of your new pet for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together. Don‘t forget the jealousy factor-make sure you don’t neglect other pets and people in your household. If you already have dogs make sure they are up to date on their shots. Take your new pet to the veterinarian within a week after adoption. If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, make that appointment! There are already far too many homeless puppies and dogs; don’t let your new pet add to the problem. You’ll soon find that you have made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your pet will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.