First-Time Pet Owners: Becoming Your Pet’s Best Friend

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Written by guest blogger - Jessica Brody

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Finding a pet that meshes with your lifestyle can be hard work.  Becoming that pet’s best friend requires patience and commitment, but will be well worth the effort in the end.  Pets enhance our lives, teach us about ourselves, and help us learn to have empathy for others.

Bringing Your Buddy Home

Bringing home a new pet is a lot like bringing home an adopted child.  You will need to give your pet time to explore their new home and get comfortable in new surroundings.  Let them roam around safe areas of the home and get used to the new smells. 

If you have not done so already, pet-proof your home.  Think about areas or furniture that could injure or trap your pet and modify to accommodate your pet safely.  Some areas of your kitchen may need to be off limits because certain foods can be dangerous to some pets.  Use child locks to close off cabinets or pantries that contain dangerous items.  Make sure household cleaners, pesticides, and any other poisons are also kept out of reach of your pet. 

Check all your doors and windows to be sure that they close securely.  You wouldn’t want your pet to discover a way out of the house while you weren’t looking.  Also check fences and gates for holes or gaps that your pet might be able to squeeze through while outside. 

Set your pet up with some comfortable spots to sleep on in a few different rooms of your house.   Some pets might like some options to vary according to temperature or where the people are hanging out.  You can use blankets or cushions to keep your pet comfy and warm.

Tracking Your Pet’s Health

Staying on top of your pet’s health is a must.  Find a good veterinarian to schedule regular checkups with.  The vet can help you stay up to date with vaccinations, administer flea and tick treatments, and give you advice on pet food, and alert you when there’s a health issue before it becomes a bigger problem.

Elderly pets will need extra care and attention.  They tend to have more health issues, such as joint problems, arthritis, kidney problem, and eyesight issues.  There are simple modifications you can make at home to accommodate their weaker bodies, such as raising up their food and water bowls to make it easier for them to eat without having to lower themselves down so far.  You can also try to eliminate stair usage for pets with joint issues.

Becoming Best Friends

Spending time with your pet is imperative if you want to be their best friend.  Set aside time each day to interact and play with your pet.  Petting them, playing with toys, going for walks, or running in the yard are all excellent ways to spend time with your pet.  Socializing your pet with other animals and people can also be beneficial, depending on the type of animal you have.

When you have to leave the house for a little while, make sure your pet has toys and activities to entertain themselves.  This will cut down on boredom and destructive behavior.  You can even leave a radio or tv on to keep them company.

Be patient and calm when your pet misbehaves.  They will learn more by patient consistency than by anger and stress.  When you treat your pet with love, they will become the best friend you never knew you needed.


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