First-time pet owner tips

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Getting a new pet is thrilling, but it might be overwhelming if you've never owned a dog or cat. Preparing in advance will enable you & your new pet enjoy a comfortable.

Your pet will have needs in its new forever home. To avoid problems on your pet's first day home, buy food, snacks, toys, & a litter box in advance.

Before getting a pet, stock up on essentials.

Whether you adopted or bought your puppy or kitten, a vet visit is an essential. At this visit, a young pet can have a comprehensive checkup and vaccines.

ASAP vet appointment

Curious puppies & kitten can ruin your shoes or the couch when they chew on them. Make sure your pet can't reach anything toxic or that could be damaged by teeth and claws.

Keep breakables out of reach

If you adopted your pet from a shelter, they're likely microchipped, which inserts an electronic chip in case they get lost.

Microchip your pet.

It's up to you to train your new pet to live in its new home. Train your pet early on where to go to the potty, how to socialise with people, & what they can play with.

Train early & consistently

If you work long hours or don't have much time, hire a trainer. They're experienced with common problems like barking & itching & can eliminate them swiftly.

Hire a trainer

Every dog & cat has different needs. Some, like English bulldogs, are prone to health problems, while Huskies need a high-energy home.

Read about your breed

Even with constant training, your pet may have accidents while settling in. Enzymatic cleansers remove pet waste odours, & a handheld or cordless vacuum may be useful.

Invest in pet-mess cleaners.

Spaying & neutering housepets helps prevent homeless animals. If you don't plan to breed your dog or cat, spay or neuter them to prevent unwanted litters.

Spay/neuter your pet.

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