Your new pet to-do-list

April marks National Pet Month, a great time to join Clent Hills Vets in celebrating the joys of pet ownership in Worcestershire! Along with pet celebrations, the team at Clent Hills also believe it’s a prime time to promote one of National Pet Month’s key messages: responsible pet care practices.

If you're considering adding a new furry friend to your family, it's wise to take these important steps to ensure a smooth transition and a happy, healthy life together. In this article, our vets in Bromsgrove provide some helpful advice for getting a new pet.

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Six to-do-list items when getting a new pet 

1 - Research: Before bringing a new pet into your home, the team at Clent Hills Vets recommend taking the time to research different breeds or species to find the right fit for your lifestyle and preferences. Consider factors such as size, temperament, exercise needs, grooming requirements and the cost of caring for them i.e. routine veterinary care, pet insurance, food, daycare or a dog walker.

2 - Preparation: Once you've chosen the ideal pet, make sure you have all the necessary supplies and equipment ready, including bedding, toys, food & food bowls, a car crate/pet carrier or a seatbelt & harness, and a suitable living space.

3 - Gradual introductions: If you have other pets in your household, our vets in Bromsgrove recommend introducing them to your new addition gradually and under controlled circumstances. Keep initial interactions short and supervised, allowing each pet to become familiar with the scent and presence of the other. Be patient and give your pets time to adjust to the new dynamic, offering plenty of praise and positive reinforcement along the way.

4 - Establish routine and boundaries: Pets thrive on routine, so establish a consistent schedule for feeding, exercise, and playtime from the start. Set clear boundaries and rules for behaviour, such as where your pet is allowed to go in the house and what activities are off-limits. Our vets advise that consistency is key to helping your new pet feel safe and secure in their new environment.

5 - Desensitisation to loud noises: This can be extremely beneficial as it can help pets to react in a calm way. Typically associated with dogs and cats, it takes patience and perserverance. It is worth having a go with other pets too. Noises may include the hoover, dishes clanging, door bell/knocker, lawnmover, and hairdryer. When it comes to fireworks, it’s important to start a desensitisation programme well ahead of firework season, which can be particularly stressful for many animals. Start by gradually exposing your pet to recorded sounds at a low volume, gradually increasing the volume over time as they become more comfortable. Pair these sounds with positive experiences, such as playtime or treats, to create positive associations and reduce fear or anxiety.

6 - Veterinary care: As soon as possible after bringing your new pet home, schedule a new pet check-up with our vets in Bromsgrove, Hagley or Rubery. Your pet will receive a thorough health examination to ensure they are in good condition and up to date on vaccinations and preventive care. Our vets can also provide valuable advice on nutrition, parasite control, and behaviour management tailored to your pet's individual needs.

To give your new pet the best start in life, get in touch to book a new pet check-up with us today. Our experienced veterinary team are here to provide comprehensive care and guidance to help your new furry, feathered, or scaled companion thrive, whatever their age.

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