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Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

Friday July 13, 2018 ● By Georgina Auton // Place Graceville

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If you’ve never owned a pet before, you may not know that there are some simple little things you can do to get your home pet-friendly before your new arrival.

The team Indooroopilly Veterinary Clinic are experts with all things pets, and they’ve some tips on the best ways to make your new companion feel comfortable at home.

When a pet enters your home, they become a member of your family, and Amber Gillanders from Indooroopilly Vet Clinic says there are some easy things you can do to prepare.

 

 

Tip 1: Environmental Enrichment

Amber says it’s important to provide toys and scratching posts to keep your pets entertained, as boredom can lead to destructive behaviour in pets.

Plenty of exercise is also key and if you’re adopting a puppy, training is also very important. Remember to put items you don’t want chewed out of reach!

Amber also suggests crate training and says if you’re worried about chewing, there are products you can apply to skirting boards, table legs and plants to deter this.

Tip 2: Safe and secure yard

“You want to make sure your pet can’t escape from your yard,” Amber says, because the last thing we want is your pet to get on the road.

Amber also says that when it comes to cats, the safest cat is an indoor cat.

However, there are even outdoor enclosures made for cats that like to play outside.

Tip 3: Ensure Your Pet is Parasite-Free

Did you know that one female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day?

If left untreated, in no time at all, you can have a big problem on your hands.

Not only can your pet have fleas, but also your carpets and yard!

Tip 4: Know which substances are toxic

Before bringing your new fur baby into your home, become informed on which common household items can make your pet sick.

These can include things like rat sak, snail baits and pesticides.

Amber recommends not using products which are toxic to your pet in the home.

Some plants and flowers can also cause health problems, as can common foods that we eat day to day.

Amber recommends keeping pantry cupboards shut so cheeky little snouts can’t eat things they shouldn’t!

Remember your local vet staff are always happy to help and are a phone call away.

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