(Guest Post by Jessica Brody)
Adopting or fostering a new furry friend can be a very fulfilling experience. If you have been thinking about adopting a homeless dog, here are some resources for preparing your home and your life:
Begin By Preparing Your Home
Whether you adopt or foster, you want to ensure any new pets are safe and secure.
For dogs, securing your yard with a quality fence is always a good idea.
Removing potential hazards from your home is wise for both dogs and cats. These include small items like game pieces under a chair, small enough for your pet to chew on and potentially ingest. The ASPCA suggests considering cords as well, which can be dangerous in many ways; electric cords can be chewed through and result in electrocution, and cords from blinds can entangle and possibly strangle pets.
Knowing which plants are toxic to animals can help you set up a safer home. Even benign plants can be unhealthy for your new family member, so be careful where you place your greenery.
It’s also important to know which human foods can be dangerous for pets. Make sure foods such as onions, garlic, chocolate, and any raw or undercooked meat or eggs are kept out of reach.
Another point of preparation is when you go to sell your house, you need to keep potential buyers in mind. Come time for showings, it’s essential to pick up after your pet inside and outside the house, as well as thoroughly clean areas frequented by your pet. You should also remove pets before a showing, as many people have allergies to pet hair and dander. There are also issues that may arise with people who are generally uncomfortable around animals.
An open house, with strangers coming and going throughout the house, can also be stressful for your pet, so negate the problem and take Fido to the park during the showings or drop him with a sitter.
Start Shopping for Supplies
Now that your home is ready, you should pick up essentials to keep your pet comfortable. These include:
For pups, bowls, collars, beds, toys, and leashes are all must-have items.
Cats will require a few extra items, like a litter box and a scratching post.
Nutrition is important for all pets, so make sure you have the right food.
Also, consider purchasing pest preventatives if pets will be outside. Flea preventatives are common, but many products kill and prevent other parasites, too, including ticks, heartworms, intestinal parasites, mites, and biting flies, according to Business Insider.
Now Go Out and Pick Your Pet
A pet is a lifelong commitment, so make sure you choose the right one for your family.
Some things to consider when choosing a pet include time and expenses.
If you are considering getting a new dog, also be sure to think about sizes, breeds, and your lifestyle.
Felines come with different personalities and sizes too, so keep this in mind.
If you’re not ready to commit, consider fostering a pet. Today notes that loneliness and depression can be staved off during social isolation, while also saving the life of a shelter animal by fostering.
Help Your Pet Settle In
Now that your home is all set up, follow these tips to help your new pet adjust:
If you adopted a cat, it can take days or weeks for them to settle in.
Dogs can take even longer to adjust, sometimes needing three months.
Proper training and patience can help your new pet decompress faster.
Keep up with regular vet appointments to keep your pet healthy.
Welcoming a pet in need into your home can be such a wonderful way to enhance your life. Not only will you help an animal but you will also help yourself to a lifetime of love and companionship. Just make sure that your home and your lifestyle are prepared to properly care for your pet.
Guest Author Bio-
Jessica Brody writes for Our Best Friends
Let’s start a conversation in the comments below! How did you prepare for a new fur baby? Do you have any additional advice?