Pets are often considered man's best friend and a great addition to any household. Besides the comfort and love they offer, they're a fun part of any family and are often easy to care for. Although pets need a minimal amount of resources to survive, there are still a few necessities that can often be overlooked.

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A Microchip Implant

Name tags can work well on collars for pets when they become lost, but there's a larger problem when they escape the property without a tag. A microchip implant will work to identify their name and home address by being placed in their shoulder for an easy way for shelters to contact the owners if they're ever lost.

A Pet Hotel

There will always be times when you have to head out of town whether for a business trip or a much-needed vacation. Instead of leaving your pet alone and without any company for several days, it's important to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated by placing them in a local pet hotel. It will help to prevent depression and anxiety in the pet without making them fear the next time you leave home.

Pet Insurance

In every pet's life, there are often times when they need to visit a pet hospital for injuries or illnesses that can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. It's important to obtain dog or cat insurance to save more money in the long run and ensure that your pet is well cared for.

Pet Door

A pet door that leads to the backyard is a great investment and tool that will allow your pet to maintain a bit of independence. It will prevent having to get up and open the door for your pet each time they want to go in or out even while you're away.


A trained pet is an obedient one that will be easier to control, especially when guests are visiting. Having a trained pet will also make the animal easier to care for with fewer messes and an easier way of communicating effectively as both pet and owner.

Besides food, water and exercise, there is much more involved to caring for a pet to have a happy and healthy animal. Although it may require a bit of time and energy to invest in, it will ensure you maintain a great relationship with the animal for an incredible bond and friendship.


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By Natalie Gomez on Jan 30, 2014 at 2:50 pm 0 Comments
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Adopting a new puppy can be both exciting and rewarding. There are also some very important responsibilities that go with being a pet owner. Puppies are much like babies and toddlers. They require affection, love, attention and lots of pet-play-time. Taking care of your new puppy should be a high priority.

5 Things to Remember When Adopting a New Puppy

Here are five tips to ensure that you raise a happy, healthy puppy in a safe environment:

1. Your Home Needs to be Puppy-Proof

Puppies are playful little creatures. And, much like babies and toddlers, they love putting things in their mouths to explore them. That’s why it’s so important that you take certain precautions to puppy-proof your home to keep your new pal safe:

  • Remove breakables and keep them out of your puppy’s designated space.
  • Make sure all electrical cords are either covered up or tied down.
  • If you have windows your pet can reach, they need to remain closed.
  • Keep all toxic cleaning supplies and chemicals locked away.
  • Your trash can needs to be too tall for her to get into and too heavy to knock over.
  • If you need to keep her confined to a specific area, use a puppy gate.

2. Follow Appropriate Feeding Standards

Never feed your puppy food that’s not specifically formulated for puppies. Some dog owners prefer dry puppy food because it helps keep teeth clean, gums healthy and breath fresh. Follow these standards for daily feedings:

  • 6-8 weeks old – Feed 4 times each day
  • 12-20 weeks old – Feed 3 times each day
  • More than 20 weeks old – Feed 2 times each day

Momo Puppy

3. Follow Good Grooming Standards

You should take pride in your pet’s grooming. Good grooming standards keep him looking good and feeling healthy inside and out. Here are some puppy grooming tips to follow:

  • Brush her coat every single day to keep it clean and shiny.
  • Clean and clip her nails regularly using a pet nail care kit.
  • Use a puppy toothbrush and pet toothpaste to clean her teeth daily.
  • About every 3-4 weeks, give your puppy a nice, warm bath.

4. Housebreak Your New Friend

The best time to start housebreaking your puppy is the day he comes home from the adoption center. Wait, and it’ll just be harder to house-train your little buddy. During those early days of training, puppy pads can be very helpful. They make it simpler to clean up after him. They also help your puppy understand where he’s supposed to “go” whenever he’s in the house.

Squish Puppy

5. Take Your Puppy to Your Local Vet

Your puppy needs to see a vet for health care purposes. Once you’ve decided on a local veterinarian, here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • 6-9 weeks old – Schedule vaccinations
  • First vet visit – Get her dewormed
  • 12-16 weeks old – Rabies vaccination
  • 20 weeks – Spay or neuter (if interested)
  • Every 6 months – Take her for a check-up

Note: Your local vet will give you more details about vaccinations schedules and pet care tips specific to your dog’s breed.


Ryean Bishop: Is the online outreach coordinator for Bannock Animal Medical Center. When he’s not writing about animals he enjoys 80’s action movies, mystery novels and working on restoring his canoe. 

By Lauren Colman on Oct 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm 0 Comments
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