The family is growing and you are about to make some room for a pet? Discover 5 essential steps to integrate your four-legged friend into the house!
Prepare your accommodation
First stage : take a tour of your home. Pay special attention to everyday items that at first glance may seem harmless but could be dangerous. Cables, electrical wires, and any other potentially dangerous or fragile object must be kept out of reach. Remember to secure your cleaning products, which are often toxic, to make them inaccessible!
Also think about plants and flowers: many are toxic to pets, such as aloe vera and ivy. As a precaution, it is strongly recommended to know plants well that you buy and dispose of them out of reach of your pet, preferably at a height.
Make room for him
Once this first tour of housing and its risks has been completed, it is time to determine the living spaces of your animal. What rooms will he have access to? What will be its relaxation areas, what will be its cleanliness areas, and what will be its play areas? For his first days in your accommodation, it is advisable to reserve a room for your new companion: he will be able to take his marks without fear. Ideally, let him choose the place of his choice and let him hide there: a period of adaptation is often necessary. Also pay attention to noise, since cats and dogs are particularly sensitive to it!
Make your health a priority
Depending on the age of your pet, he may have visited the vet before. Otherwise, a control visit is required in order to check his state of health, to take the vaccines and to have him identified by microchip if this has not already been done. On this occasion, you will be given a new health record as well as the ICAD identification card (identification of domestic carnivores).
The first visit to the vet is an essential step and should not be overlooked: it plays a decisive role in how your pet will handle his future visits, so make sure it happens in peace. Remember to make an appointment, so as not to wait too long in the waiting room and not to stress your pet further.
What about dog cat insurance?
Also consider dog / cat insurance: it will allow you to benefit from reimbursement of health expenses related to your pet in the event of an accident or illness. Although this coverage is not compulsory, subscribing to it may prove to be a good long-term investment, especially if you subscribe while your pet is young and does not yet need significant care!
Take good habits
The first days are when you set the rules. In addition to your pet, make sure everyone in your household shares and applies them, so that everyone lives in harmony under one roof!
Take the time to clearly define:
- Where the animal can go as well as prohibited areas;
- Who feeds the animal, when, and how often;
- Make sure you teach your pet to respect your space.
If there are children in your household, it is important to teach them how to live with an animal, how to pet them and play with them: set an example!
A first animal incurs certain equipment costs. Before the arrival of your new companion, make sure you have the right equipment!
- Food side: make sure you buy feed products that are appropriate for your animal (weight, age), but do not buy too much: after a few weeks spent with your animal, his needs will probably change;
- Accessory sides: make sure you have the necessary equipment for transport and movement: transport crate, leashes, collars …
- You build a small first aid kit: eye and ear drops, pliers, bandages, tick removers …
Your vet can help you put together your first first aid kit, ask him for advice!
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