You just got your first pet? Congratulations! You are among the few lucky human beings because you have just got yourself a new BFF. But there are several essential items for new pet owners. If you have never been a parent to any pet before, we have laid out the items that you cannot go without, especially during the first few weeks with your new pet.

A collar

Now that your new pet has found a home, ensure that everybody knows it with a collar. Having a comfortable and functional collar for your pet is key. You can choose a reflective collar with an in-built GPS tracker just in case your pet ever slips away. Be sure that your collar has your pet’s identification tag on it including their name and your contact information. It can only be beneficial to keep your pet’s rabies tag on their collar in case they are lost, and picked up by animal control or another authority. If your city requires an animal license, keeping it on their collar is also a good idea.

Harness

One of the best and fastest ways to bond with your new four-legged friend is by walking them. Ensure that you are considering your pup’s energy level, size and experience on a leash when finding the best harness for your new best friend. If you have questions about which harness to purchase, fee free to ask us! We have lots of experience with different styles and can suggest one that will best fit your pet’s energy level and comfort.

Leash

After getting the right harness, attach a leash to it so as to complete the setup. Consider going for leashes that are between 4 and 6 feet with a loop that is adjustable. Always avoid using a retractable leash as this does not provide an adequate amount of control over your pet. Retractable leashes also tend to be very thin and are prone to snapping, or becoming entangled in hands, arms, legs, park benches, trees, etc.

Food and water bowls

When it comes to dinnerware for pets, there is a wide range of different styles and models to choose from. You can choose raised options for bigger pets, and designer ones that will perfectly match your decor. It’s always advisable to choose a ceramic or metal bowl over a plastic one, as plastic harbors a much larger amount of bacteria.

Food

Pet food is a must-have. Everyone knows this. Your veterinarian knows what food is right for your new pet. Consult your vet to know what food you should buy for your pet. Also determine the right amount of food they should be eating. Be sure to do some research on the right amount of protein and calories for your pet. This will often depend on their size and activity level. If you have any questions, we can help give you an idea of what ingredients to look for, and which to avoid.

Food storage

After finding out what food is best for your pet, you should find a container bin that has a cup measure to portion food perfectly. The container for storing food should have a tight seal because pets also don’t like stale food. You always don’t want your pet getting into the food before its served!

A bed

Our pet needs to sleep. Choose them a bed that will not only perfectly support their body, but also provide maximum relaxation. Many beds now come with foam options, and breathable materials so that your pet can get it’s best night of sleep ever!

Toys

The most fun part is spoiling your new friend with toys. Buy toys with treat pockets or puzzles for mental stimulation and to distract them from stressful conditions. Many of our clients like for us to leave a puzzle toy for their pet at the end of our visits to distract them from the disappointment of being alone again. Be aware of the material that your pet’s toys are made with, and any potential hazards they may present. Never leave a pet unsupervised with a toy that they could easily tear apart and swallow.

Poop bags

When your new family member finally starts to eliminate outside, you are going to need poop bags. These actually come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and even scents. Check for the most environmentally friendly ones you can find!

Plenty of treats

Your new pet is going to need training. Treats are going to be necessary to reward good behaviors. There are a wide variety of treats ranging from extra small “training” treats to large bones that can keep your friend entertained for several hours. Just like food, be cognizant of the ingredients in the treats you purchase for your pet. Do your best to stay away from artificial colors and flavors. Ingredients that aren’t good for humans generally aren’t good for other animals either! If you have any questions about other items you might need, or want advice on any of the above, feel free to contact us! For more practical pet information, sign up for our mailing list on our home page, or visit us on our Facebook and Instagram pages!
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