The Top 10 Things to Buy for Your New PetIf you’ve recently been to a shelter, humane society, or rescue group to pick out a new best friend, congratulations! You’ve just saved a life and we wish you and your furry companion a lifetime of happiness.
We want to make sure you and your new dog or cat remain happy and healthy together for years to come. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of the top ten things you should get and have arranged for your new pet.
- Quality Food
Ask your shelter what brand of food your pet was eating when living at the shelter. Research the food to ensure its quality (not all shelters feed their animals the right food). If it’s right for them, continue serving it. If you decide to move them to a new food, then purchase a bag or cans of the new food that you can transition them to.
- Bowls for Food & Water
Purchase steel or antimicrobial food and water dishes that you can put in your dishwasher for cleaning.
Your pet will want to curl up and sleep somewhere comfortable. Even if you allow them to sleep in your bed with you, also purchase a dog or cat bed where they can curl up on the floor during the day.
- Crate or Carrier
Training your pet to sleep in a carrier or crate is optional, but it’s still a good idea to own one for transporting them during travel, to the vet, or even housebreaking them if you own a puppy. Purchase a crate that’s large enough for them to stand up and move comfortably.
- Collars, ID Tags, and Microchips
Dogs and cats both need a comfortably fitting collar with ID tags on at all times. You should be able to place two of your fingers between their neck and collar, allowing breathing room but still tight enough to slip off their neck. Microchips are optional, but they are truly the most responsible thing to do for your pet. Most adoption groups and shelters will do it for about $20 and it’s very beneficial in the event your pet is lost or stolen.
- First Aid Kit
Gauze, self-adherent bandages, hydrogen peroxide, milk of magnesia or activated charcoal, a digital thermometer, an eye dropper, emergency contact information, and a first aid guide should all be part of your pet’s first aid kit. Many of these items come standard in kits sold at your local pet store or, you can purchase them separately.
- Poop Cleanup Supplies
These are a definite necessity for dog owners. Purchase poop pickup bags for walks and trips to the dog park, or use leftover grocery and newspaper bags. If you own a cat, pick up a litter box, kitty litter, and a scooper. Puppy or kitten owners should also pick up a bottle of stain & odor remover for those accidents during training.
- Toys and Treats for Training
Whether your new best friend is three months old or three years old, toys and treats make great rewards. Throw in treats during those ‘good boy’ moments during house training or as they learn new tricks, and consider rewarding them with a trip to the pet store to pick out a new toy if they hit a milestone.
- Grooming Supplies
Pets that spend a lot of time in the home won’t wear down their nails as easily, so pick up a pair of clippers to keep them at a healthy length. Depending on the grooming needs of your dog or cat, buy shampoo and a brush. Ask your adoption coordinator if they have any suggestions for grooming practices for your breed or mix.
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We hope this list came in handy as you and your new best friend get situated for a new life together. Keep tuned to this blog for more posts on pet care tips and expertise.