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8 Ways to Get Ready for Your First Pet and How Your Mobile Vet Can Help

By vetsadmin | October 1, 2021

Here at Vet’s on Call, we know the enrichment and love to your life that only a furry friend can bring. If you’ve decided to add a four-legged friend to your family, congratulations! We believe a prepared house is the best house. So let’s explore how to get your house and your family ready for the new arrival. 

  1. Ensure your house is pet-proofed

Depending on the type of animal you are expecting, you may need to do more or less. For instance, for a dog, items that are high up are not as important as things at their level or on the kitchen bench. 

However, if you are expecting an agile animal such as a cat, plan for the fact that they may jump up and break a valuable trinket or glassware. 

This is not to say that all pets will be like this, but it’s best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. 

Some pets are naturally docile and others are high energy, particularly as kittens and puppies. It’s better to put breakable and valuable items away as a precaution than to be disappointed later!

Also, if you want your pet to stick to a couple of rooms and outdoors only, invest in pet gates at certain points in your house. Your pet will appreciate the clear boundaries that you set and settle into a routine more quickly than if you simply tell them no and order them out of the room. 

Lastly, check for any dangers in your house such as faulty wiring, exposed wiring or power points that your pet might want to investigate. There are great power point covers you can use to stop your furry friend from hurting themselves when they get curious. 

  1. Plan where your pet will rest and sleep

As we are your friendly mobile vet in Melbourne, we do recommend that your pet sleeps and rests indoors as winter can be quite cold. Warmer climates may allow for outside sleeping, it’s best to discuss your options with your trusted mobile vet.

Many people do have their new puppy or kitten in their room with them for the first few days. Still, it’s best to assign areas for things like their puppy beds or day beds and sleep areas if they are going to be separate. 

Keep in mind that your pet may not gravitate towards these areas immediately, however, with regular training they will learn to enjoy and thrive with their own spaces. 

  1. Have lots of great toys 

The toys you get will need to be for the type of animal you are adopting. Many dogs like chew toys, squeaky toys and pogos (a ball where you can hide the treat inside the ball and they have to figure out how to get the treat). 

A cat will like shiny toys, rolls of yarn and anything it can roll around. Do a little research and stock up before you get your new family member. 

  1. Have realistic expectations

As with any new family member, there is a period of adjustment for yourself as well as the new pet. Talk to your trusted mobile vet in Randwick or surrounding suburbs about what you can reasonably expect in the adjustment period.

Find out what is normal behaviour and how to manage whining or upset pets. Many vet care providers do not recommend treating your new pet as a human baby when they are upset and whining for the first few nights. It can be hard to do this!

Make sure your pet is comfortable and has their own bed and space and they will soon learn that they are a beloved pet in your house!

  1. Stock up on essentials 

You will need items such as leads, collars, litter, scratching posts and other items to help manage and take care of your new pet. If you can, find out what food your pet has been eating and stock up on that for the time being. It can help ease the transition. 

Also, make sure that your pet is microchipped. And if they are make sure the ownership on the microchip is in your name before you bring the animal home to your house. This will save time and heartache if your furry friend runs off!

  1. Do a deep spring clean 

Make sure your house is free of layers of dust and the areas they are to sleep in are free of cobwebs and is clean. If you have an outside kennel for your pet ensure it is clean, doesn’t have any splinters inside or out and the plants surrounding it aren’t toxic to pets.

Also, ensure that your cleaning products are kept well out of the way of curious pets paths. Some households may need to fasten the cupboards shut with babyproofing implements to stop them from getting into the cupboards and ingesting things that aren’t meant for them. 

  1. Make sure windows and doors are secure

If you don’t have flyscreens now would be a great time to install them in your home. Cat’s in particular like to jump from windows and having flyscreens prevents this from happening. 

Decide if want to install a pet door, it’s a good idea to arrange this prior to when your pet arrives. If you want a pet door, make sure you have a secure backyard and fencing. Look at the entry and exit point’s to your house and manage any risks of escape. Make sure your doors shut firmly and cannot be manoeuvred by your daring new family member!

  1. Have vet care organised

Have a mobile vet service on hand to call for check-ups, shots and other requirements you will need when looking after your furry friend. 

Also, keep in mind where your nearest emergency vet clinic is. This is the vet equivalent of an ICU and if your pet is struggling to breathe or has sustained serious trauma you need to rush your pet to the nearest emergency clinic. It never hurts to know where they are located. 

We love helping our clients get ready for the rewarding experience of having a pet! Vets on Call is your trusted mobile vet in Brunswick and the surrounding suburbs of Melbourne.  We can help your pet with all its veterinary needs and give yourself peace of mind that your furry friend is in good hands. Call us on or download the app in your app store. 

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