September is now here, which means that fall will soon arrive. In Northern Colorado, we’ve already seen some of the leaves begin to change, and we’ve had a few days here and there of cooler weather. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet this year, then fall could be the perfect time to do so. As your veterinarian in Loveland, we can examine your new dog or cat and make sure that they’re healthy for the remainder of this year, and for years to come.
You Have More Time
Your summer may have been a hectic one, filled with family vacations and business trips. You had friends and relatives come to visit you, and the kids were playing sports from May until August. Now that fall is here again and school is back in session, you likely have more time to dedicate to a new pet. Sure, work and school will keep you plenty busy, but you’re likely home most evenings and you’re not traveling on the weekends during the fall.
When adopting a pet, it’s important to remember that it will take time for the animal to adjust to its new surroundings. If you get a puppy or a kitten, then you’ll have to dedicate some serious time to training it and making sure it’s housebroken. If you adopt an older animal, then you may have to spend time breaking it of habits that it picked up in the shelter, such as barking at every noise or meowing early in the morning. Patience and kindness are both needed for animals of all ages, and you’ll quickly find that you form a strong bond with your pet the more time you spend with it.
Fall is the beginning of the school year for kids, and if they’ve been begging you for a pet, then now could be the best time to teach them the responsibility of owning an animal. They’re getting used to having a set schedule every day, and you could add walking the dog or feeding the cat to their daily routine. You can work together to create a “pet chart” that includes feeding, walking, and bathing your new companion, and your child will soon learn that while having a pet is a lot of fun, it can also be a lot of work.
Adding a New Member to the Family
Your pet will truly become a new member of the family, and after the busyness of the summer, you may be looking forward to spending more time together as a family during the fall. The weather is still nice enough to go for those evening walks, or to go to the local dog park, or if it gets too chilly, you can curl up on the couch and watch a movie as family, with the cat sleeping in your lap.
If you’re thinking about adopting a new pet this fall, remember that you have a dedicated veterinarian at Loveland Veterinary Clinic. We’d love to meet your new pet and make sure that it’s healthy and happy.