Tips for New Pet Parents

Use these steps to succeed as a new pet owner.

If you’re a first-time pet parent or thinking of taking the plunge to adopt a four-legged friend from the shelter, you’re in for a real treat. Pets are great companions and can easily make a house a home.

Whether an older cat or a bouncing puppy has chosen you as their owner, here are a few tips to get you started on your newfound parenthood!

  1. Pet-proof your home
    Dogs and cats love to explore new places in a variety of ways – smelling, licking, eating, jumping, and scratching. Before bringing your furry friend home, ensure that all chemicals, cleaning agents, clothes, shoes, and wires are well out of reach of any prying paws.
  2. Create a pet-friendly schedule
    Schedules and set routines are an excellent way to encourage good behavior. Introduce a routine for the bathroom, playtime/exercise and feeding early on to ensure that your pup’s systems are at ease.
  3. Choose a quality diet
    Feeding your pet a complete and balanced diet is a vital part of keeping them healthy and happy for many years to come! Nutritional needs will vary with age as the needs of a growing puppy or kitten will be much different to those of a sedentary adult.
  4. Focus on positive training
    Be consistent with training from the beginning, but keep it positive. There will be no need for yelling or physical punishment. Reduce the likelihood of separation anxiety in your pet by leaving him/her alone with a fun toy for a few minutes of every day and gradually increasing their “alone time”. Begin this the first day that you bring your pet home so that they comprehend that you won’t be there 24/7.
  5. Attend regular checkups at the vet
    From dental cleanings to flea prevention, vets are there to protect your pets from injury and harm. Schedule regular checkups but be sure to visit your vet immediately if it is an emergency.

From the escrow experts at Eastland Escrow, we hope that you enjoyed these new pet parent tips and that you and your beloved animal enjoy many years together. Visit us for all of your escrow needs within the Covina area, California.

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