In our last blog post, we talked about getting a new pet for the holidays, and how you can prepare for your new furry friend joining your family this year. If you just can’t wait until December, and you’re getting a new dog, cat, or another animal right away, then this post is for you. In it, we’ll cover three things you can do with your new pet. At Loveland Veterinary Clinic, we’re here to make sure that your pet is happy and healthy, and as your local vet, we’ll do whatever we can to make that happen.
1. Explore the Neighborhood
The first few days in a new place can be overwhelming for an animal. If you have a dog or cat, then they’re encountering new smells and sensations on an almost constant basis. Once they’ve settled in a bit and gotten used to the house, take them on a walk around the neighborhood. This can be easier to do with a dog than a cat, but it’s important for your animal to understand their surroundings and get used to the scents coming from the street and the neighbor’s house. It’s also a good opportunity to introduce your pet to your friends and neighbors!
2. Pamper Them!
You may have adopted your pet from a local rescue shelter or gotten them from a friend or family member, but whatever the case may be, it’s important to remember that they may be a bit unsure about their new home. Buying them a bed and toys is a great idea, just make sure that you don’t overwhelm them with too many things. You want to pamper them and make them feel at home, and showing them where their “safe space” is, whether that’s a bed or a kennel, can make them feel loved. You don’t have to go all out, but letting them know that they have things of their own can make your pet trust you more and be willing to listen as you start to train them.
3. Take Them to the Vet!
With any new pet, you want to know how healthy they are, and whether there are things that you need to be concerned about regarding your animal. If you adopted an older animal, then there could be certain conditions that they’ve been dealing with for several years. With a younger pet, you’ll want to establish a good routine of annual vet exams, a healthy diet, and exercise. As your vet in Loveland, we can examine your pet and let you know if there are any concerns, if their diet needs to change, or if there are any medications that could help them live a healthier life.
If you’re getting a new pet in the next few weeks, then make sure you take time to let them explore their new surroundings, that you get some items to make them comfortable, and that you schedule an initial vet exam. You can contact our office by using the form below, or you can call us at (970) 667-3252.