First-time Pet Owner

Animal lovers can rejoice in knowing that there's plenty of advice when it comes to having a pet. If you're a first-time pet owner, our veterinarians at Magnolia Animal Hospital would like to provide some tips on how to care for your pet. Hopefully, this advice will leave you feeling confident about pet care and the choices that it involves.

1. Do Plenty of Research

Generally speaking, it's good to know behavioral traits, signs of trouble, what kind of food to buy, and how often to feed your animal companion. It also helps to know what kind of environment works best for your pet. Most cats and dogs can live and move around a house, while a snake will require an enclosed area containing food and water.

2. Carve Out a Feeding Schedule

Part of pet ownership involves choosing a healthy food brand that works best for your animal and then figuring out a timely feeding schedule that you will be able to stick to. Many pet owners will feed their pets in the morning. Make sure to select the food brand based on age range and breed recommendation.

3. Prep the House for Your Pet

For cats, this will mean buying a cat litter box full of odor-absorbent litter. For a dog, this will mean buying a leash, collar, and a set of toys to keep him preoccupied.

4. Potty-Train Your Pet

To prevent indoor accidents from happening, you will need to train your dog to use the outdoors as a bathroom. This could take a few weeks and some early morning backyard visits to get him used to the outdoors.

Be Sure to Attend Regular Visits to the Veterinarian's Office

Veterinary care will be important in maintaining the health of your pet. If you're looking for a veterinarian in Raleigh, NC, Magnolia Animal Hospital welcomes first-time pet owners. Call our team today at (919) 873-9190 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.