When You Have To Put Your Pet Up For Adoption

Are you on the other side of adoption, looking for a home to deliver your beloved pet? Keeping a pet is a long term dedication, and some times your lifestyle has to change and there is no longer room for a pet in your home. No matter the reason, putting your pet up for adoption can be a sad and overwhelming process. You need to keep your pet’s needs in mind as you try to find the most comfortable home for it.

Firstly, if at all possible, try to give your pet away to a friend or family member that you know and can trust with the upbringing of your pet. Perhaps put up a flyer at work so that your coworkers might know of the situation and be able to secure a home for your pet. If these choices are not applicable to your situation, then you should spend some time researching your local adoption centers.

Make phone calls and visit the center if you can, get to know the workers and the environment before you decide to drop off your pet. You want to ensure that the new residence for your pet is as secure and comfortable as you can find, with people who will care for the animal properly

Adopting A Pet: Family Decisions

Adopting a pet for the entire family requires even more decision-making than if you were going to adopt a pet by yourself. It may seem that the more people at home to care for the pet will be a benefit, but make sure that it doesn’t turn into a bad living situation for your animal. Hold a family discussion and tell everyone what bringing a pet into the household will mean. You should make sure that everyone knows where the pet will sleep, where its food and water will be kept, and what the daily routine will be.

The responsibilities of caring for a pet can be doled out among the family members, and you will have to decide who can handle what jobs. There is feeding, walking, litter boxes and poop scooping, and of course, just caring for the pets. Make sure that everyone is involved, and everyone has a job that is appropriate for them. Having a pet can be a great way to teach your young children responsibilities, but make sure that the animal is not neglected if your child does not do his or her job. You must be ready to take on all responsibility of your pet if your children are not at home most of the time, especially if you have older teenagers or very young children.

The ASPCA has a great article on their website, detailing each age group of children and what pet is right for your child. Click here to read up on the best pet decision you can make for your whole family

Adopting A Pet: Living Arrangements

If you’ve decided to adopt a pet and bring a new friend into your life, then there are things you should take care of prior to visiting your local adoption center. The most important of all these tasks is adjusting your home or apartment for your new pet.

Ask yourself what a pet would require when entering your home. If you live in an apartment, are pets allowed, and do they charge extra fees or have restrictions about pet size? This could be a huge influence on what type of pet you will want to adopt. If you live in a home, you may not have size restrictions, but think about the type of property and neighborhood you live in. Is your backyard fenced in, if you want to adopt a hyper puppy? Do you have safe sidewalks or streets to walk your dog up and down every day? Is someone at home most of the time to take care of a pet’s needs?

Once you have thought this through, and still have come to the conclusion that a pet will have a happy home in your life, then you’ll want to pick out a spot for it to sleep before you even bring it home. Be sure to purchase the essential items beforehand, like pet food, water and feeding bowls, and perhaps a litter box or a dog crate. Have everything ready so that the transition process can go as smoothly as possible when you welcome your pet into its new home.

Being there for your pet is the most important part of the process from companion to friend. If you want your pet to love and trust you, make sure that you can be available in your own home long enough each day to care for your pet.

Adopting A Pet: Am I Ready?

Are you suited for pet adoption? Are there many questions running through your head as you contemplate bringing a new friend and companion into your life? It can be overwhelming to search the internet, read books from the library, and chat with your local pet adoption centers, which could lead you to finding many different answers, and probably more questions than you had at the start! Realize that this is a very important decision and you need to think about what is best for you.

The first step is to mentally prepare yourself for adoption. Are you adopting a dog or cat because of any outside factor, like guilt from nagging kids or comments that your lifestyle is too lonely? If this is the case, then you might want to reconsider. The decision to adopt should come from you and no other person. Do you want to have a dog or cat come into your life and home?

If your answer is yes, then make sure that this is not an impulse decision on your part. Have you thought about the time commitment it will take to train your pet? How about the monetary expenses of veterinary care? Are you dedicated to taking care of this pet for its entire life span? Depending on the breed of dog, they can live up to 15 years, and domestic cats usually live for 15-18 years. Are you also able to walk your dog every day if necessary? When you decide you want to adopt, you need to think through exactly what type of pet is best to match your lifestyle, and adopt only what you can manage.

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Pet First Aid

I am all about pet health this week, and I have been researching many things that I did not know before as a pet owner. Luckily I have never had a pet of mine receive a bad injury like a bite or a broken bone, but it is still important to know what to do in such a circumstance.

First and foremost, you should remember that an injured pet is not only in pain, but probably also scared and frightened. Because we cannot communicate with words to our pets, we can only communicate comfort in our actions. Always be gentle when trying to check the injuries, but refrain from hugging your pet because it may think of that as an attack. Even if you have a great relationship with your pet, or if your pet is always very gentle, there is still a likelihood that it may lash out against you because it feels vulnerable. Try to keep away from your pet’s face or mouth, and isolate it in one safe area.

Do not move your pet unless you must. When you have finally calmed down your pet and secured it to a safe place, you should gauge whether or not the injury is serious enough for a trip to the veterinarian. At the very least, do not hesitate to call and inquire if more steps need to be made to ensure your pet’s health.

There are many great websites to read up more about First Aid treatment of pets. Be sure to search the AVMA website to learn more as well.

Sensitive Pets

Caring for a pet is challenging enough sometimes, but with certain animals you could also have more specific needs to cater towards. Our dog at home has quite a sensitive stomach, which means that we have to pay more attention than usual to what our dog eats. Not only do we buy specific dog foods and treats that are labeled for sensitive stomachs, but we also have to be on an extra careful watch when we walk her outside.

You should always keep your floors in your house clean of dirt, dust, food crumbs, and small toys. In addition, make sure not to let your pets swallow things outside that may be harmful, such as pine cones, gumballs, rocks, or any other such items. If you take care of your pet’s needs properly, and take them on regular visits to the vet, then even your sensitive dog will be happy and healthy.

Pesky Pet Problems: Ticks

Just like fleas, ticks are so irritatingly common and are capable of bringing diseases to your dog or cat, especially if they are an outdoor pet.

You should check your pets for ticks on a regular basis. If you notice bumps on your pets’ skin that are a brown or black color, about the size of a pea, then that is a giveaway location of a tick. Make sure your pet is calm and comfortable and then go about removing the tick like you would on yourself. Use a sharp pair of tweezers to gently pull the tick from the skin, making sure to remove the head of the tick (they can sometimes stay in the skin and survive without the body). Then you should kill the pesky critter, either by carefully smashing the head in or by drowning it. Remember that they are very resistant creatures. Also, you should try to avoid contacting the affected area of pet skin yourself to stay disease-free.

Pesky Pet Problems: Fleas

There is not much worse than having your pet bring fleas into the household. In the fall when everyone wants to spend the day outside with their dogs, those pesky critters latch on and can bring your pet and your family loads of irritation.

Because fleas need blood to survive and reproduce, as well as to feed their babies, families of fleas can quickly grow from perhaps just one or two initial fleas on your pet. They’re fabulous at adapting for their survival, and can jump from one host to another in an impressive feat for their tiny size.

There are many flea treatments for your pets, and you should research what is best for your situation. Remember that it is not just the pet that will be infected, but any area that your dog sleeps or lies on should be checked for fleas and treated accordingly. Fleas also don’t mind jumping over to human hosts if they’re driven away from your pets, so be aware that you may be bitten too!

Also, some fleas can carry tapeworms, bringing on even more pain and irritation to your pet. Some dogs may even be allergic to the flea bites. It is best for you to keep a sharp eye out and see how your pet reacts to an infestation, but by all means you should be armed for prevention first!

Questions To Think About Before Pet Adoption

I stumbled upon a great article on the Humane Society’s website today and thought I would share it with everyone here. Entitled “What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet”, it clearly outlines many important questions a potential pet owner should ask himself or herself before even stepping into the adoption center, SPCA, or other animal shelter. It addresses every typical question, in addition to raising some questions I wouldn’t have thought to ask. My family has adopted both cats and a dog, and yet I remember the family discussions that revolved around some of these key ideas.

Check out this article, and find out for yourself if you are ready to adopt a pet, or if you need to reconsider the option before adopting an addition to your lifestyle: What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet.

Pet Travel

There are many complications and frustrations when taking your pet traveling with you. Whether it’s down the road, or on the plane, your first and foremost worries should be your pet’s safety and happiness. Some pets will not ever like to travel, and there is little you can do about that, but there are precautions you can make to give your pet the best traveling experience it can have.

First, double check to make sure your pet has identification tags on their collar with up to date information. That way, if something goes wrong, your pet can be properly identified and returned to you. Next, you should contact your veterinarian for their opinion on pet travel, especially if it is a very long road trip or a flight. If your pet is injured, sick, or very old, you might want to reconsider taking it on a trip. Having someone petsit is probably a better option in this case. Thirdly, you should check your destination and make sure it is pet-friendly, whether it’s a friend’s house, camp grounds, hotel, or other area.

The AVMA has many great notes about pet travel, so click here to go their website and learn more.