When you get a new pet there are a few things you want to make sure to do so you know you are giving it the best start in life possible. You also want to be sure that your home is ready for your new pet so they won't feel overwhelmed and so they won't get in trouble, become injured, or even get themselves lost.
Set your house up for your new pet
Just as when you are baby proofing your home, you'll want to go around the house on all fours and look for any areas that pose a health or safety risk to your new little pet. You want to be sure they won't be able to tangle themselves in cords, chew on any cords, or pull on the cords, which can knock down things like lamps.
While you are down there, you also want to be sure to look for small registers and other areas where their paws may get stuck, sharp edges on pieces of furniture where they can run fast into and really hurt themselves. Look for areas where the carpeting may be coming up and use sharp scissors to remove those concerning spots.
You also want to be sure you go around the house and look for anything that's going to be toxic to your new pet. Certain plants may look great displayed around your home, but they can actually pose a serious health risk for animals. Also, make sure there are no rat traps or insect and/or rodent poisons or other traps anywhere that your new pet may be able to gain access to. From now on, you are going to have to make sure you fight off pests by using methods that aren't going to pose a safety risk to your new pet.
Take your pet in to see the vet asap
One of the very first things you should do when you pick up your new pet is to call your veterinarian and set up a new pet visit with them. They will give your new family member a complete exam to verify there is nothing to worry about. If there is an issue, then they can get your new pet started on treatment. Also, your pet will be given its first set of shots and may receive a wormer. Your vet will set you up with future visits to finish up with the shots your pet will need to become fully vaccinated.
Contact a company like Stewartstown Vet Services to learn more.