Preparing For A New Pet – For My Friends Who Are Adopting This Summer
Recently I have had several friends that are planning to adopt pets this summer and here are some great things to remember when bringing home a new pet.
Buying a new puppy or dog whether it is from a member of the public or a rescue centre is an exciting experience which can be daunting at the same time. Before you bring him or her home, you need to make sure you are fully prepared with lots of time and love to spare. You also need to ensure you know as much as possible about past medical issues, emotional issues etc.
After puppies are 12 weeks old, they should be wormed every three weeks. Although you should not separate puppies from their mother’s until about the twelve week period, and definitely not before eight weeks, some people prefer to bring their puppy home earlier so should worm every two weeks. For my dog, Haylie, I have always used Drontal Plus as I know it is a worming treatment I can trust. It has not let me down yet and only having to administer one tablet every three months is no problem.
The fun part of getting a new pet is the accessories! I always see a dog collar as the most important dog accessory in case your pup ever escapes your garden and, believe it or not, it is easier to get leads that fix to a collar rather than the lead with a collar. You can buy special comfort collars, ones with your dog’s name inscribed on them, patterned and extra strong if you know your puppy is going to grow into a strong dog and you need some reinforcement. The same goes for leads.
If you have a smaller breed of dog, perhaps a dog harness would be a better idea. Harnesses generally sit just in front of and just behind the front legs, although each brand varies slightly. Some people prefer them because they feel like they have more control over their dog if it decides to run off, for example, and others have said that it is more comfortable for their dog. I see nothing wrong with the classic lead and collar but I also have no objection to harnesses.