A New Family Pet


This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Kari Oakley

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Basic Items You’ll Need As a New Pet Owner

People decide to get a pet for quite a few different reasons. Some people get a pet to fend of loneliness when they are living alone, others get a pet with a significant other before deciding to have a child, and others get one to help teach their kids responsibilities. Whatever your motive behind getting a pet is, it is important that you have the basic items that your pet needs to live a happy life.

Beds And Nail Clippers

These are basic necessities for your life, so why wouldn’t the be for your pets? Your pets are going to need somewhere comfy to sleep. The beds are very inexpensive and they can make your pet feel way more comfortable and at ease.  Nail clippers are also an absolute must-have for your pets. By now it is well-known that declawing your pets is not a good idea. So, you will want to keep their nails trimmed to avoid scratches. It is also better for them so they don’t get too long and get caught in anything and tear off.

Food, Food, And Water Bowls

This may seem obvious, but nothing is worse than getting a new pet then getting home and realizing you don’t have any bowls for their water or food. Of course, you can just use bowls that you have in the house, but it is cuter and more sanitary to use designated bowls.

When it comes to food, this one really isn’t too hard to forget. If you have never owned a pet before you may not be sure which one to get or what is the best option. Pets are kind of like children, you want them to eat and eat what is best for them, but they will have their preferences. You may have to try a couple of different types of food before you figure out what your pet likes best, but don’t worry there is something out there for everyone’s fur baby.

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Exercise Pens And Baby Gates

These are a really good idea, especially if you have kids. Sometimes kids aren’t the most gentle when it comes to pets and unless you are going to be right on top of them, you may want to keep your kids and pets separated. You can also use the baby gates to keep your pets out of certain areas of the house. For example, if you have a dining room you only use for fancy parties, you won’t want to have animal hair all over the place.

Car Thermometer & First Aid Kit

If you are someone who likes your pet to be your traveling partner, then a car thermometer is absolutely essential. All you have to do is place it in the cab of your truck, car, or SUV and it will tell you the temperature of the cab. You don’t want your pet to suffer from heat exhaustion while they are in the car and you are in the grocery store.  The law is also cracking down on people who leave their animals in the car when it is too hot.

You don’t really think about pets needing a first aid kit, but you should definitely have one on hand. Hopefully it is something that you never have to use, but in this case, you want to be safe rather than sorry. The first aid kit should include; 2-inch gauze, tweezers, rectal thermometer, hydrocortisone spray, 3cc/10cc oral medication syringes, cotton swabs, saline solution, ear-cleaning solution, diphenhydramine, and antibiotic ointment.

Tagged Collar And A Leash Or Harness

A tagged collar is something that will keep your pet safe in case it runs off and gets lost.  It should have your name and contact information so if someone finds it, they can return them instead of your pet ending up in the pound. A lot of states of laws regarding leashes for pets. So, if you plan on taking your pet into public you need to purchase a leash.

Be As Prepared For Your Pet As Possible

Getting a pet is something that many people will do at some point in their life. You want to make sure that you are giving your pet the best life possible. To do this you want to be sure you are prepared with all of the proper items necessary to make them as happy and comfortable as you can.

Kari Oakley gained a love for fitness and animals as a young girl in Wisconsin. She spent each summer on some type of adventure, either a day at the lake with her family or just hiking with her friends. She took her love for fitness with her through college to get her degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). She has been working as a personal trainer/life coach in the Chicago area for the past 3 years. She has recently decided to share her passions with lower income schools in Chicago to help children develop a knowledge and love for fitness. When Kari started working with the kids in Chicago, she decided she wanted to share her knowledge and passion with as many people as possible. She has been freelance writing alongside ever since.