The holidays bring a sense of opening your home to whoever may need it. Including our four-legged members.
Many families welcome a new pet into the home around the holidays. Maybe a new puppy or a rescue of an older dog? Even a cat or small animal may be in the works. But how do you know you’re ready for a new addition? Whether you have a pet already that needs to also be introduced to your new family member or maybe this is the first pet for your home, here are some tips to help the transition go smoother.
(As much as you can of course!)
Make sure you do your research. You know your routine better than anyone. Is your new pet going to fit right in or do you need to change up what you do to make sure they are included?
Although pets don’t come with an owner’s manual, there are many places you can read up on health information, behavior, etc before you jump right in.
What products will the new pet need? Getting everything together before they come home makes it more welcoming for everyone.
Do you have a pet now that needs to also be ok with your new family member? Has your pet been introduced to the new member before you just bring them home?
This is just as much of a change for them as it is for you so to make it easier for everyone, it is always best to introduce your existing pets to your new potential family member before you bring them into their territory. There are many ways to do this of course depending on what new animal your bringing home, but it is always best to do it in a neutral place that your pet doesn’t consider theirs. (Example, the park, a neighbor’s house or yard, or the shelter the new pet is coming from)
No matter the challenges that come with the new family member, try your best to be committed to the changes and work that comes along with making your new pet welcome and part of the family!
As always, we know at Animals and Gardens Unlimited that it’s a way of life, so come over to see us if you have any questions or concerns that we may be able to help with! We can help the transition of bringing a new pet home go smoother!