A pet always comes around and completes your family. And what could be better than becoming a new dog parent? It is an amazing feeling that makes you feel satisfied. But handling a dog is not an easy task; you have to stay alert at all times to keep an eye on how they are doing. Different dogs may react differently to new parents, so you have to make this transition easier for them; when you take on the responsibility of getting a dog, you need to keep a lot of things in mind so you don’t mess it up. It won’t be good for you or your dog. Make sure you don’t create a stressful environment for your new dog. On average, a dog can take up to 2 months to get used to its new parents, so be gentle with them, and they will get used to you. This book will help you deal with a lot of your queries that you might have about being new dog parents.
This book includes a list of contents that it will cover. They are mentioned below:
- Adopting a dog (the process)
- Preparing your home for proper care of the dog that you are bringing home
- Getting your pet the right kind of medical attention to give him proper care
- Factors to consider when choosing a vet for your dog
- Tips that you could use while choosing the perfect vet
- The top vets in your area
For tips and tricks in this matter, you need to give this book a go.
Adopting a dog is a full-time job. If you don’t give your dog proper care, he/she will be neglected, and it won’t be good for his/her health. There are a lot of things that you should keep in mind before adopting a dog. First, make sure you think your decision through because you are going to have to pay proper attention. Second, there are many things that a dog needs; make sure that you can afford it. Finally, you are going to have to prepare your home for proper dog care, so the dog doesn’t hurt itself.
Getting your pet the right kind of medical attention is very important for its health. You need to get your dog to a vet so he/she can have a thorough check-up of the dog. If it needs any vaccinations or has any diseases, it should be immediately looked at. This is why the right medical attention is necessary for keeping a dog healthy. The factors to consider while choosing your vet are the vet’s experience, the location of the vet, how attentive the vet is, what other people say about him/her, or how he/she handles your dog and other pets.
Certain tips for choosing the perfect vet for your dog are to ask for reviews from other people who have had the experience of coming with their pets. Make sure that your dog is comfortable with the vet, so you will know that it is in good hands. You need to ask for the vet’s qualifications and work experience. Look for a vet who specializes in dealing with dogs, so his/her prime focus is dogs. You also need to make a budget that will give you an idea of how much you can afford to spend on a vet. Also, consider the location that is nearer to your house.
Chapter 1- Adopting a dog
Someone once said, “You can’t change a dog’s past, but you could rewrite his future.” Adopting a dog is no less easier than adopting a child. Both of the responsibilities require a lot of work. So you need to make sure that you are ready for this responsibility and won’t regret it a week later. If you regret adopting a dog after some time, it will be unfair to the dog who will become used to living in a new home. A dog can be a lot of things for your family. A confidante, a friend, a rescue, an escape, and a loyal soldier. It is better to adopt a dog than to buy one because you will give shelter to a dog who needs love and care in this way. You never know that it might be neglected his/her whole life. The dog might be in desperate need of a family, and your family might be the one who gives that dog a ray of hope.
Reasons to Adopt a dog
Various reasons to adopt a dog include that you will be the savior of a pet that needs attention, love, and care. You might be the one who will turn their life around. You might be able to save a life and do a great deed. Adopting a dog will give an extra push to your self-esteem and self-confidence. It will make you feel good about yourself. It won’t even cost you a lot if you adopt a dog. You get an amazing animal in such a great deal. The dog will become an integral member of your family, which means your family life will become happy and amazing. If your family has lost the spark, a dog might be their hope that will bring all of them back together, having meals on the dining table together. A dog can also help you stay fit because you are going to have to take your dog to the park or out on the street. It will be great for people with problems that require exercise and taking a walk as a part of the treatment.
Things that you should keep in mind before adopting a dog
You may be a die-hard animal lover, but still, many matters need to be thought about before taking this step. Some things that you should keep in mind before going through the process are as follows:
Taking your time
Being impulsive about this decision is not the right way to go through with it. You need to take the right amount of time to think this through so you do it the right way. There should be no hassle, no chaos regarding this decision of adopting a dog. If you address all the matters related to the new pet, it will work out well for you. Things like getting your family ready for this new addition to your family and making sure that you will be able to take out time to give proper care and attention to your new dog.
Get the dog from a shelter
Getting the dog from a shelter is always a better idea. There are sellers in the pet shops that are selling the dogs for large amounts of money. You need to realize that the dogs in the shelter need more attention because they live under unfavorable conditions compared to the dogs in the pet shops. It is your responsibility as a responsible citizen to get a dog from an animal shelter.
Make sure that you can afford the dog
Before adopting a dog, you need to make sure that you can afford all the expenses that come with the dog. For example, there’s dog food to be bought regularly; there are regular visits to the vet, there are other foods that you need to feed your dog, there are things like bowls that you need to buy, there needs to be a place in your house for your dog. All of these things will cost you money; if you don’t have that money, it will be unfair to adopt a dog if you can’t afford it.
Keeping an eye
If you have an insanely busy schedule, adopting a dog or any other pet should not be on your list. A dog needs to be looked after throughout the day. You need to keep an eye on what he is eating to make sure that he doesn’t eat anything wrong that will mess up his digestive system. You need to keep him entertained, so he doesn’t feel lonely. You need to be there to pet him so he can feel loved. You need to clean him up regularly and take care of his hygiene.
Preparing your home for proper pet care
The last and final step is to prepare your home for the proper care of your new pet. The first stage is to get everyone mentally prepared that you are getting a new dog, and everyone has to make an effort to take care of him. Everyone should be ready to take on this new responsibility, or else it will be hard to take care of him all alone. Next, you need to get things for his entertainment and get used to his new home quickly. You can buy toys and equipment that will keep him occupied and happy. There’s a term called “dog-proofing,” the house that means to make changes in your surroundings that are dog friendly. There should be no open switches that can electrocute your dog. There should be no sharp and shiny objects lying around the house that will attract the dog’s attention and harm him. You need to keep all the medicines and other chemicals out of your dog’s reach so he does not digest them and messes up his stomach. And you need to set up a potty place for your dog, so he doesn’t go around and poop everywhere he sits.
Chapter 2- Getting your pet the right kind of medical attention
Taking care of the health of your dog is just as important as taking care of the health of your child. As a dog parent, you should be the one to know when he is not feeling okay. You should see the signs of his discomfort or something bothering him and get to the vet as soon as you see it. When you get a new dog, you need to get a new vet as well. The right vet can give the right kind of medical attention. Experienced vets can detect if something’s wrong with your dog after a complete check-up. So it is mandatory to take regular trips to the vet to keep your dog healthy. The vet will take care of any problem before it becomes serious, which is why the right kind of medical attention is essential.
If you get in touch with the right vet, you will keep track of your dog’s growth and development throughout his life. You will be able to see him grow and become healthy. If you have any concerns regarding your dog’s health, your vet will cater to all your questions regarding the matter. If you see your dog vomiting or shaking, you need to call the vet or take him to the vet as soon as possible. It is because you can’t play doctor and help your dog’s discomfort; a vet is required for that. What vets do is diagnose health problems in dogs such as infections, skin diseases, treating wounds, putting stitches, vaccinations, or performing surgery for the dislocation or the breakage of any bones. It is essential to get your dog to the vet regularly. But if you feel like your dog is doing great, you should at least take him to the vet once a year for a thorough check-up to make sure nothing’s wrong with him. If you want to ensure that your dog can live a long and happy life, you need to rely on your vet to take care of things for your dog beyond your control, like health concerns. The health records of your dog are very important to treat him for any further complications.