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Pet Prep: Seven Tips To Plan for a Family Pet

dog yawningPlanning beforehand for a family pet is not only beneficial to the pet, but it’s beneficial to you. Planning for a pet can save you loads of money and stress by making sure everything is in place before the pet arrives. These are seven things you can do to effectively plan for a family pet.

Learn How Your Other Pets Will React to Your New Pet
If you already have other pets, and you’re planning on bringing another into the equation, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on how to introduce them. Some pets might find that they easily adjust, while others depend heavily on a smooth introduction.

Prepare a Plan in Case the Pet Runs Away
Pets can and do run away. Just because you bring your pet home and they seem to settle in nicely doesn’t mean that they don’t have the potential to escape and run away. Consider setting a plan in place for locating your pet in the event that he/she comes up missing. A popular prevention method that people are using these days is “micro-chipping.” Consider having a micro-chip implanted in your pet to avoid disaster in the long run.

Prevent Reproduction
Many pet owners underestimate the importance of spaying and neutering their pets until it’s too late and they are up to their ears in litters of small animals that they don’t want. However, this can be completely prevented by taking the time to spay or neuter your pet. Best practice is to take your pets to a legitimate animal hospital like Hamilton Road Animal Care in Columbus, or find one in your specific city.

Have All Supplies on Hand
Before your family pet makes its debut in your home, be sure that you’re fully prepared. This means purchasing a pet carrier, food/water dishes, litter pans (if necessary), toys, food, identification tags, and more. Don’t wait until the last minute to get these types of thing.

Consider Pet Insurance
You never know when your new dog or cat might get into mischief which results in a broken bone or other injury, or whether or not your pet might develop an illness down the road. Pet insurance can help offset the high costs of veterinary treatment, should your pet become unlucky.

Begin Training Early
You will need to show your family pet who’s boss, as well as what it is and isn’t allowed to do in your home. Work periodically to train your animal on how to treat people, where to use the bathroom, what furniture he/she is or isn’t allowed on, etc.

Research What Foods Your Type of Animal is Allergic To
Don’t make the mistake of trying to feed your family pet treats that could severely harm it. For example, many animals are allergic to food, products, and plants that contain aloe vera, ivy, daffodil, caffeine, junk foods, nutmeg and much more.

Overall, do a bit of research on the type of family pet you’re anticipating, and prepare specifically for that type of animal. Some animals require more preparation than others; just be sure to find out what preparations you should be making.

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