Archive for the ‘New Pet’ Category

Respect Your Elders – Adopt a Senior Pet!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?

Over 50% of pets in shelters will be euthanized, and if you are talking about a pet over the age of 3, the odds are stacked against you.  People often end up taking home bouncy puppies and cuddly kittens, which leaves many great pets without homes.

Many older pets end up in shelters and rescues not because of behavioral or medical problems, but because families just are unable to continue to care for them.  A lot of these pets are well-trained and loving companions. By taking home a mature animal you may be able to skip the not-so-fun parts of adding a new puppy or kitten to the house such as potty-training and chewed up personal items.

Many times, any medical or behavioral problems an older pet might have will have already been identified so that you can make an educated decision about taking on that particular issue.  When it comes time to add another member to your family, strongly consider adopting a senior pet. You will be saving a life and earning a lifetime of love and devotion.

If you are thinking of adopting a senior pet but have concerns, please contact us and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

Adjusting to a New Pet

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

You have finally done it. After months of research and careful planning, you are driving home with a new family member. But now that you have taken the plunge, where do you go from here?

First of all, before you bring your new “baby” home, you need to be sure that your home is pet-proofed.  Make sure any potentially toxic items are put where an animal cannot get to them. Don’t forget, pets have teeth as well, so things like electrical cords can be very dangerous. Baby gates can make keeping your new addition corralled easier.

Remember that this is probably as stressful a time for your new pet as it is for you. Do not overwhelm it. Make sure time to acclimate to new surroundings is allowed before introducing him or her to other pets or the family next door.  Give your new dog or cat some private time as well.

Try to get into a routine so your pet can be comfortable in knowing what to expect.  Meal times, play times, and potty times should fall around the same time.

Lastly, make sure to take your new pet to visit your veterinarian within a few days after bringing it home.  This will allow you to establish a relationship between your pet and vet and give you a chance to ask questions and address concerns.

Congratulations and good luck with your new little bundle of joy!