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There are many potential sources to adopt a pet from. Do you prefer to rescue a cat or dog, give an older cat or dog a second chance, or embrace the cute challenge of a kitten or puppy?
When contemplating adopting a pet, decide which option appeals to you the most:
If you are unable to commit fully, an alternative is to foster a dog, puppy, kitten, or cat. Rescue organisations and vet clinics are always wanting suitable foster homes.
All pets deserve to be microchipped and registered (so they can be returned to you if they get lost or injured), vaccinated against diseases, receive regular flea and worm treatments, have a yearly health check by their vet, and receive prompt veterinary care when injured or sick.
To further enhance your ability to give your new pet a lifetime of care, and to give you peace of mind, we recommend joining a vet clinic’s pet care plan or getting pet insurance.
It’s an exciting time to adopt a cat or dog! Preparation is key to a stress-free and fun introduction into your home. Items to prepare for their arrival include:
Cats are independent creatures and so don’t mind time to themselves during the day, when you are at work. Dogs are far more social so if you are not home during the day, they may suffer separation anxiety. Treat balls, doggy daycare or a dog walker are good options to help prevent your canine companion from getting bored or lonely.
We all need a holiday and if you plan to go away, ensure you have some pet care booked in advance. Try a local pet sitter, or a house sitter, if you want your pets to stay at home. Alternatively, book them into a local kennel or cattery. Another option is to take your pet with you and stay in pet-friendly accommodation.
Talk to us today about caring for your new dog, introducing a new cat, or puppy preschool and training.
The above information is provided as an educational guide only and is not a substitute for advice from your pet’s healthcare professionals. If your pet’s symptoms continue, you are concerned about them, or want further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Disclaimer: This article provides general information only. It is not intended as medical or health advice and should not be relied on as a substitute for consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who understands your pet's individual needs.