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Essential Supply Checklist for Welcoming a New Pet

Essential Supply Checklist for Welcoming a New Pet | Lakeside Animal Hospital

Did you bring home a new furry family member this holiday season? Whether your new furbaby is young or old, they will need a few things to help get them acclimated to their fur-ever home. Help make the transition easier for them and you with this essential supply checklist:

For Both Puppies and Kittens:

  • Food and Water Bowls:
    • Ensure appropriately sized bowls
    • Opt for stainless steel or ceramic
  • Nutritious Pet Food:
  • Collar, ID Tag and Microchipping:
  • Include contact information on the ID tag
  • Get your pet microchipped and make sure the information stays current
  • Comfortable Bed:
    • Provide a cozy, washable bed
  • Crate or Carrier:
    • Useful for training, travel or creating a safe space
  • Toys:
    • Offer a variety for mental stimulation and play
    • Always supervise your pet during play time
  • Grooming Supplies:
    • Brush (suitable for coat type), nail clippers and pet-friendly shampoo
  • Pet-Friendly Detergent and Cleaning Supplies:
    • Be prepared for accidents with stain removers and pet-safe cleaning products
  • Pet Insurance:
    • Obtain pet insurance for unexpected veterinary expenses
  • Veterinarian:
    • Choose a veterinarian and make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccines

For Puppies:

  • Puppy Pads:
    • Useful during house training
  • Chew Toys:
    • Helps with teething and to redirect chewing behavior
  • Puppy Food:
    • Specifically formulated for their nutritional needs
  • Puppy Training:
    • Consider enrolling your puppy in training to learn basic commands and good discipline
  • Training Treats:
    • Utilize small, soft treats for positive reinforcement
  • Leashes:
    • Essential for walks and outdoor activities

For Kittens:

  • Kitten Food:
    • Choose high-quality food supporting their growth
  • Interactive Toys:
    • Encourages play and mental stimulation
  • Cat Tree or Climbing Structures:
    • Provide vertical space for climbing and exploration
  • Litter Box and Litter:
    • Choose a low-sided litter box
    • Opt for scoopable litter for easy cleaning
  • Scratching Post:
    • Fulfill natural scratching instincts

Remember, each pet is unique, so prioritize items based on your new furry friend’s specific needs and preferences. Regular veterinary check-ups are crucial for ensuring your pet’s health and well-being. Lakeside Animal Hospital provides comprehensive packages designed to prepare both you and your new companion for the early stages of life.