Owning a pet in the inner suburbs of Melbourne can be difficult, especially if you are renting. Many places are not pet-friendly, and once you have a pet, taking them to a St Kilda vet or a Fitzroy vet can be a stressful and difficult struggle. But before you get to that stage, you first need to find the right pet by carefully researching which animal best suits your lifestyle. There are many factors to keep in mind, so to ensure that you become a great pet owner, here are some top tips to help.
A Safe Home
Bringing a pet home for the first time is much like bringing a baby home for the first time. You need to ensure that your home is hazard proof, as our pets are curious creatures. Make sure that all items such as household cleaners and electrical wires are safely out of reach. This also applies to the outside, so ensure that your fence is securely structured to prevent any escapes and make sure all gardening chemicals are securely stored away.
A Comfortable Home
This tip is obvious, but incredibly important. A new home means unexplored territory that can make your new family member feel uneasy. An easy fix is to make sure they have their own space with all the necessary amenities. This includes water, food, toys and a comfortable bed which they can snuggle into after a long day exploring their new surroundings.
Have Them Microchipped
Even if your pet is an indoor pet, there is still the chance that they could escape and get lost. ID tags are susceptible to getting lost or falling off, so the ideal option is Microchipping your pet. It’s a painless procedure of inserting a tiny microchip with a unique ID code underneath their skin for instant identification with a quick scan.
Take Them To The Vet
If your new pet starts showing unusual signs, such as not drinking or eating, coughing or slightly limping, then the best option is to get them checked out by a vet. Usually it can be easily remedied, but these can also be signs of the early stages of something worse, so a wellness check, also known as a general check-up, is always highly recommended.
When it does come time to take your pet to a Port Melbourne vet or Carlton vet, or any other vet in areas we service, avoid the hassle and stress of veterinary clinic waiting rooms by using Vets on Call. Vets on Call is a revolutionary mobile app that saves you and your pet the stress and anxiety of a clinic waiting room by bringing the vet straight to you. Visit the Vets on Call website to download the app and to find out more information.