Bringing home a new baby pet is an exciting thing to do. They’re lovable and fun, but they also require a little bit of work. Knowing the proper steps in looking out for this new pet can make that work a little less challenging. Our team at Aliso Beach Animal Clinic serving Laguna Beach, CA, know a lot about this kind of pet care.
Find Your Veterinarian
Your veterinarian is going to play an important role throughout your pet’s life, but that is especially true in their first year. They need several shots and checkups to make sure everything is going well. You may want to get them spayed or neutered when they’re old enough. Taking the time to get recommendations and talk to our vets early on can help you grow comfortable and familiar with our team so that your ready if something comes up.
Pick Up the Necessities
Ideally, you know you’ll be bringing your pet home before you actually do it. Try to go shopping first to pick up food, food and water bowls, a bed, grooming supplies, litter boxes, puppy pads, some toys, and other necessities. You’ll probably want to buy them a collar and leash as well, but many pet owners wait until their dog or cat is ready before they make these purchases.
Start Working On a Routine Early
Your pet may need a routine – and so might you. The earlier you start working on establishing that routine for both of you, the easier it can be to follow through. For your pet, a potty routine is key. However, don’t forget to set aside time in the routine for grooming, exercise, and other activities.
Schedule Your First Vet Visit
Once you have brought your pet home, it’s a good idea to visit your vet as soon as possible. We can give your new cuddly friend a thorough exam to make sure everything is good, as well as give them any vaccinations that they need at that time.
We can also be a great resource for you. A veterinarian on our team can provide invaluable information on things like which food to use, how often your pet should eat, how to house training, the best ways to groom, and more.
Visit Us for Puppy & Kitten Care from a Veterinary Doctor on Our Veterinary Team
Looking for a vet to help keep your pet healthy? Call us for Aliso Beach Animal Clinic serving Laguna Beach, CA, at (949) 499-4190 to schedule your appointment today.