Friday, May 14, 2010

Bringing Home Baby

It amazes me how many people come into my work totally unprepared for the new pet they have brought into their lives. You should never bring home a pet based on the "AWWWWW Isn't he cute" factor. Here are some tips to help you get ready and then introduce your new family member in a way that makes those first exciting days go more smoothly.

1. Do your homework. This can be as easy as a trip to your local library. By reading about your new pet ahead of time you will be better prepared for the unexpected.

2. Ask The Experts Its always good to find others that either sell or own the pet your interested in. A good "Expert" will be able to discuss care and feeding, how long they will live, size, personality and possible health issues. This information will help you decide if in the long run you have picked the right pet.

3. Prepare for his arrival. Purchase all the food and supplies you need before you bring home your new pet. The basics will be different for different pets and your Expert can help you be prepared.

4. Pet-proof your home. If you are picking a pet that will have free range of your home make sure you to thoroughly pet proof his new surroundings. Make sure plants, especially those that may be toxic, are out of his reach. Also, don't let him near medicines, power cords cleaning products or standing water (like bathtubs and toilets).

5. Introduce your family slowly. Your new pet should meet family members one at a time. Some types of pets will be a one person pet and some will just be there for looks think lizards, some birds, spiders etc.

6. Provide regular veterinarian visits. There is a vet out there for every type of pet. A yearly check up will help insure you pet is healthy and you will know who to call if there is an emergency.

7. Groom your pet often. Many pets require regular grooming to look and feel their best, start basic grooming early, preferably on the day you bring her home, so she gets used to you handling her regularly. For the hairy breeds the grooming is much the same.

  • Brush and comb her fur weekly to help control mats and hairballs.
  • Brush her teeth twice a week to prevent tartar buildup, which can lead to other health problems. Be sure to use a toothpaste made for pets and not humans.
  • Trim her claws once a week with clippers designed for your pet, carefully avoiding the sensitive base of the nail.
  • Wipe her eyes and the insides of her ears with a damp cloth or cotton ball, looking for any excess grime, which could indicate illness.

8. Play with her daily. This obviously depends on your choice of pets, you will not need to play with some of them at all.

9. Give your pet a Bath Cats and dogs benefit from regular Baths it helps keep their fur smelling nice, gets rid of excess hair that can matte up and gets rid of cat dander to help visitors who might have allergies.

10. Never feed her human food. Avoid giving your pet" people food". Adding human food treats to your pet's diet may cause her to gain too much weight or become ill.

Now that your ready go bring home that new family member and enjoy.


J.Anderson said...

Happy Friday Follow, I am following you:) I would love for you to visit and follow back if you like!
Smart and Trendy Moms

Heather said...

Those sound like great tips.
Hey? I haven't read through your blog yet, but do you think a nine year old is enough to take care of a guinea pig with moderate help??
My daughter is dying to have one for her birthday.

Kathleen said...

Happy Friday! I'm your newest follower from FF! I couldn't agree with you more about people who adopt pets and are completely unprepared. It drives me crazy!
Hope to see you by my blog too!

Have a great weekend!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

seriously! What is wrong with people. Pets are like kids. You must be prepared. You must see a lot of idiots!

Stopping by from Friday Follow. I'm your latest follower.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Amber said...

This is a great post! I hope lots more people see it and read it!
I'm following you back from 2 FF's ago (yikes!)Thanks for the follow.
~Amber @ The Mom Road

Letherton said...

from FF and wanted to say hi.
Take a minute an check my blog out if you haven't already.
I have lots of great giveaways going on.
Thanks :)

April said...

Hi all you Happy Friday Followers thanks for stopping by :D

Lillian Juda Leonard-Beach said...

Stopping by from FF! I invite you to visit my blog, only 25 more follows till I reach 100! If I get to 100 this weekend I'll hold my first giveaway!

coffeyhouse said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower from Friday Follow- and I think we might be long lost best friends. I am a HUGE pet lover myself- I have a yellow lab, 2 lop eared bunnies, and 2 turtles- and on top of that, we petsit regularly! Hope to see you by my blog sometime!

April said...

Hurray another pet lover :D Hang on I'm coming over ;)