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The Roadmap to Welcoming a Furry Friend into Your Home

Welcoming a Furry Friend

If you have wanted a pet for a while, we encourage you to ask questions to learn more about what being a pet owner can entail. Pets can bring so much joy into your home, and even improve your well-being through their company! Of course, there are many considerations and much research to be done before welcoming a furry friend, which is why Caudle Vet Clinic is here with pointers that can help on this journey! 

Considerations Before Getting a Pet 

  • Commitment: The first and foremost consideration to make when getting a pet is seriously thinking about it as a life-long commitment. Dogs live an average of 13 years, cats 12 to 18, and they will need care, love and attention beyond being a puppy or kitten. Unfortunately, some pet owners do not make these considerations or take them seriously, which is sadly how shelters end up with too many pets in need of a home.
  • Lifestyle: before getting a pet, you should make some considerations about your lifestyle. While your routine will undoubtedly change when you get a pet, you should know that certain pets require much more active lifestyles than others. Are you willing to walk them multiple times a day? Will you be present to train them? Do you live in a house with a backyard or in an apartment? These considerations will make sure you and the pet you choose will be comfortable and content.
  • Breed: It is wise to research the type of dog or cat you are interested in to ensure they will mesh well with your family, for instance, if you have small children, you’ll want a cat or dog that is good with kids.. Remember, it is important to note how big a dog or cat will be when they are done growing!

New Pet Roadmap

  • Before you adopt a pet, we encourage you to give us a call at Caudle Vet Clinic. We are happy to provide information about nutrition, typical pet healthcare needs, and any concerns you may have. We can also get you set up with an appointment before adoption, so that your pet’s first visit to us is seamless! 
  • Next, you are going to want to pet-proof your home. Little things can be extremely toxic for your pet, like how chewing gum can be deadly for dogs, or how ibuprofen is harmful to cats. It is essential to go through your home and make sure that electrical cords, chemical bottles, and cabinets at pet level are secure and out of the way. 
  • It is important to buy pet food that offers your pet a complete and balanced diet. We would be happy to offer recommendations if you give us a call! 
  • Prepare for and understand that there will be an adjustment period with your pet. Be sure to introduce your cat to its litter box as soon as possible, and put your dog on a leash and walk it around the neighborhood. Getting your pet familiar with their new home will help them and you settle into a routine sooner. 
  • You’re going to want to make sure that your pet has proper identification in case they get lost. Microchips and collars can provide a way for you to be contacted in case of an emergency. 

At Caudle Vet Clinic, we are always delighted to meet new dogs and cats, getting to know them and their owners. We can be reached at (615) 227-6230 or on our website. The time is right to book an appointment for your pet!

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