Pet Tip Tuesday- Bringing Home Your New Pet
I’ve chosen what kind…now how do I pick the right one?
Find reputable breeders through AKC, veterinarians or referrals
- CLEAN facility
- Will give you access to the entire litter including mother and father
- Health records of mother and father- certifications
- References- CALL THEM!
- Certify health- have seen veterinarian, initial vaccines given, require health inspection by veterinarian after adoption
- AKC certification is PURE breeding NOT health guarantee
Introducing a new pet
What is the first step to introducing a new pet to my home?
Allow time to acclimate to new surroundings in 1 quiet room of the house for an hour…or more.
What about my other pets?
Allow your new pets and other pets to smell each other FIRST, before contact
Through a door, crate
Can be an hour a day or longer- longer for older pets
SUPERVISED contact in short doses, increasing until confident no fights (may be a month or more)
Where should my pet stay?
Crates are great w/ puppies- keep out of trouble and their own secure spot
Show pet around the house in OK areas and off limits (close doors or put up gates to off limits areas)
What about food and bathroom?
Show your new pet the pet doors and how to use
litter boxes- keep in quiet places min 1 per cat
Food and water in an easy access spot and easy to clean
Clean up any accidents with an enzymatic cleaner to prevent future accidents
What if there are fights?
To some extent, we expect some resistance to change
Keep the pecking order- feed older pet first
Give it time and be patient