Preparing for the Arrival of your Pup
Bringing a new canine companion into your home is a big deal! There’s a lot to remember which can be overwhelming, this why we’ve created a list of ways to prepare for your pups arrival!
FIND A VETERINARIAN FOR YOUR PUP
What’s better than a new dog in the house? A healthy one! Search for a local vet to ensure your pup is receiving all of the necessary vaccines and check-ups. Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan, so it is also important to note any 24 hour emergency animal hospitals nearby.
PS. By using Furevery you can search for vets and animal hospitals within your area!
PUP-PROOF YOUR HOME
Coming home to a new environment is a big deal for your furry friend. Each dog reacts differently to new surroundings so it’s important to take extra precautions to ensure their safety! Some things you can do to keep your pup safe include:
- Taping electrical cords to baseboards to help prevent your pup from chewing/choking on them. (Purchasing cord covers is also recommended)
- Removing any small toys off of the ground or creating a gated area separated from these items. (This is usually for families with a small child that has small toys)
- Making sure any shoes or other materials are up high or in a room not accessible to your pup!
- Checking your kitchen for items that are poisonous to dogs such as chocolate and coffee, and making sure they are out of reach. (We would jump for chocolate, so would your pup!)
CHOOSE A FOOD THAT IS SUITED FOR YOUR NEW FRIEND
Food is essential for your new pup as it gives them energy and helps them grow! Not every food is suited for every dog, so it’s important to get one that’s best for yours! By researching the breed of your canine companion, this will say a lot about their typical diet restrictions and ingredients to stay away from. Also keeping in mind that many dog foods use fillers and lack the nutrition your pup needs. By reading the ingredients label on the package, this can help you be confident with the food you’re buying! Some ingredients to stay away from are:
- Corn and wheat gluten.
- Meat and grain meals and by-products.
- BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
- BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
- Food Dyes (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE)
- PG (Propylene Glycol)
- Rendered fat.
By staying away from these ingredients it’ll benefit your dogs short and long term health!
CREATE A WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
It is important not to overwhelm your pup upon arrival to their new home. Introduce them to only family within the household within the first couple days, and gradually more people with time. You can create a welcoming environment by purchasing toys for your pup to play with, as well as a leash and collar. Your new friend may be sleepy the first week within their new home, so a nice comfy bed is also recommended!
GATHER AS MUCH INFO ABOUT YOUR PUP AS YOU CAN
If you are adopting from a shelter, it can be hard to keep track of your dog’s previous vet records. It’s important to try to obtain any information from the people you are adopting from to find out what vaccines your pup has already received. When you have received the records, it’s a good idea to keep them in a folder or safe place to ensure you won’t lose them!
OPEN YOUR HEART TO UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
The last thing to remember before bringing your new friend home, is to open your heart to the love and happiness a dog brings! Get ready for endless love and unlimited cuddles!
writtten by Alexis Toza
Alexis is the Marketing Coordinator at Furevery, where she helps dog parents raise happy, healthy dogs. When she’s not writing or creating creative content for Furevery, you can find her at the gym or relaxing drinking a glass of wine!