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Preparing Your Home for Pets

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3 Questions to Consider Before You Get a Pet

Have you been thinking about getting a pet? Pets offer unconditional love and add joy to our lives, but they are a significant responsibility. Before you get a pet, ask yourself these questions:

Do I Have Time for a Pet?

No matter how much you love animals, getting a pet is not a good idea if you are rarely home. Pets need human companionship -- and regular bathroom breaks. If you do not have time for a pet, but want to indulge your love of animals, consider volunteering at an animal shelter. You'll get all the benefits of interacting with pets without the responsibility.

Are My Children Old Enough for a Pet?

Most young children love pets, but aren't always gentle with them. Those love taps can hurt an animal or even cause it to bite or scratch your child if it feels threatened. If you won't be able to provide constant supervision for your child and pet, wait a few years until he or she is a little older.

Can I Afford a Pet?

Caring for a pet isn't cheap. In addition to food, supplies and toys, you'll also need to budget for yearly veterinary care. Plan for at least one well exam per year when your pet is young and at least two exams as your pet gets older. Pet insurance can help you manage the costs of accidents, illnesses, teeth cleaning and surgeries, particularly if you purchase it soon after you bring your pet home.

Walking through the front door with a new pet is an exciting moment. Unfortunately, if you are not prepared, the situation can become stressful and even dangerous for your pet in a matter of minutes. Make sure you take care of these essentials before you pick up your new furry friend.

Pet Proof Your House or Apartment

Get down on your pet's level and take a good look at your home. You will probably spot a few potential hazards that you might never have noticed from your vantage point. Before you open that carrier or take off that leash, make sure you:

  • Move cleaning supplies and medications out of your pet's reach. If you cannot move them, invest in child-safe latches for your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Find a safe place for thread, yarn and other craft supplies that curious pets may mistake for a snack.
  • Block small spaces to avoid a middle-of-the-night rescue for your new puppy or kitten. That space between the oven and kitchen cabinet may seem like the perfect hiding spot for a new pet. Unfortunately, your furry friend may discover that it's easier to get into these spots than out of them.
  • Remove shoes, clothing and other items that can become chew toys. Put electrical and phone cords out of your pet's reach or place them in a cord protector.
  • Shorten cords from mini blinds, as dangling cords can become a choking hazard.
  • Keep houseplants out of the reach of pets. Not only will pets make a mess if they knock over a plant, but they may become sick if they eat a poisonous plant.

Buy All the Essentials

Make sure you have everything your pet needs before his or her homecoming. Stock up on these pet care essentials:

  • Carrier
  • Leash or harness
  • Crate
  • Litterbox and litter
  • Scratching post
  • Cage and bedding (if you're bringing home a small animal)
  • Nail clippers
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Food and water bowls
  • Pet bed
  • Toys
  • Brush
  • Pet shampoo

Some Things to Think About

If you're bringing home a cat or kitten, consider purchasing multiple litter boxes. Place them on several floors of your home or in several rooms. It may take a little while for your cat to learn the floor plan of your home. Using multiple litter boxes can help prevent accidents.

Dogs, even previously housetrained dogs, can have accidents when adjusting to a new home. In addition to taking your pet outdoors regularly, prepare for the possibility of an accident by placing a wee-wee pad next to the door, just in case you don't wake up as early as your dog would like. Keep enzymatic cleaner on hand to clean up any messes that do occur. Enzymatic cleaner breaks down stains and neutralizes the smell of urine. If you don't remove the odor from the area, your pet may be drawn to that spot in the future and decide it's a perfectly fine place to urinate.

Do you have a new pet? Why not call us today and schedule an appointment for its first exam and shots, if needed.
 

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Testimonial

Don't take a good vet for granted, that's what I say. I currently live in another state and have taken my 10 year old dog to numerous vets over the years (California, Colorado, Vegas, and then some). Never have I ever received the attention and care I've gotten w/Dr. Hines. Within the past 3 months alone, my dog went to 3 different vets for a horrible and painful skin problem that broke out all over her body.

The first vet: I spent more time ponying up the $175 for the visit than the Dr. spent actually looking at my dog. He performed a woods lamp exam for ringworm. Even without Google or a veterinary degree, I could tell it wasn't ringworm. Thanks for taking my money.
Second vet: "Here's some spray, now here's your bill. Bring her back in two weeks so I can charge you another visit." No tests, nothing.
Between the two, I felt like I got nowhere. No definitive answer on why this affected my dog and the medication given wasn't even for a diagnosed condition. Just some general topical spray. I could have bought it at Petsmart and saved myself the time and money.
Recently, on a visit to Idaho, I planned ahead to bring my dog to the Rupert Animal Clinic. I asked the same questions, had the same concerns and now have different results. Dr. Hines gave me options on what route to take, ran appropriate tests and communicated with me every step of the way (even calling me personally when test results came in). My primary concern was cancer. Our dog is like our child- we'll pay the money if we can keep her healthy and safe. In the future, I've resolved to bring my dog to Rupert Animal Clinic on our annual trip for all of her exams. I know she won't be treated as a little cash cow to exploit an owner's love for pets.

Sung L.
Rupert, ID

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