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The holidays are a time of cheer and making memories with family and your furbabies. Some people choose this time of year to gift a four-legged friend to a loved one. Due to some people not being prepared, animal organizations are getting ready for an influx of animals after the holiday season is over. When adding a new member to the family, make sure it’s a perfect fit. There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking of giving someone a pet or adding a new pet to your home over the holidays.

1. Prepare your home before you bring home your new pet.

Buy everything that you’re going to need for your new dog or cat before you adopt him so that your house is ready right when you get home from the shelter.

You’ll need:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Collar and tags
  • Leash (for dogs)
  • Litter/litter box + scoop (for cats)
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Pet bed
  • Grooming tools

Decide which areas are going to be pet-friendly and which aren’t (if any). 

2. Split up pet chores.

Who is going to take on responsibilities of feeding, walking, cleaning up poop, etc.? These are important things to discuss before bringing home your new pet.

3. Help your new pet adjust.

Your new dog or cat has just been brought into unfamiliar territory. He is going to need some time to explore and become accustomed to his surroundings. Set aside some good bonding time, but also give your pet some time and space just to wander around.

4. Get ready for some training.

Whether it’s bathroom issues or behavior issues, you’ll probably have to deal with some bad behavior before your pet settles into his new home. However, some training may be necessary, so you might have to teach your pet where the proper bathroom is or even enroll him in a class.

5. Make an appointment with the vet.

Within a week of adopting your pet, you need to take him to the vet for a check-up. Your vet will make sure that everything is perfect with your new pet, alert you to any vaccinations he may need, or treat any illnesses. Click here to book an appointment at Oceanside Veterinary Clinic. 

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