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Necessary Items for Dogs: Food and water bowls. Food (canned and/or dry) Collar. Four to six-foot leash. ID tag with your phone number. Hard plastic carrier or foldable metal crate. Dog bed. Doggy shampoo and conditioner.
If you’re considering getting a dog, you probably already know that you’ll need to buy things like a leash and bowls for food and water. But aside from the basic supplies, you’ll need to prepare a few more things, both at your home and away. Check out our handy checklist of things you’ll need to purchase as well as lineup in order to make sure bringing a pet home goes as smoothly as possible.
You’ve decided that you want a dog, but what do you do now? When you get your first dog, it is important to do some research. I do not have any pets but decided that I would like to get a dog. I have been scouring the internet looking for the best breed, training tips and how to puppy proof my apartment. Here is a checklist that I made up that will help you when getting your first dog:
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Puppies and dogs are a lot of work. They also come with a large shopping list. Below is a checklist of some of the necessary items that you'll need for your furry friend.
Some of the items you may need to wait and get - things such as the ID tag and collar. You may also want to check with the breeder/shelter to see what food they are on before you adopt to make sure you have that food as well to mix with the food you would like to switch them too. This will help with nausea and stomach indigestion.
There are other things to consider when you get a pet. Costs such as vet bills, time needed to care for them, and even your vacation plans. We recommend making a list similar to the one below and go over them. This will help you decide if you're really ready for a furry one!
Vet costs can be more then you think. You first have to include getting them updated on all their vaccinations (read the recommended vaccinations link for more information). If they're not spayed or neutered, it's recommended to get them fixed to help prevent future illnesses. Some animals even require medications due to sicknesses such as thyroid issues, urinary tract infections and ear infections. Sometimes these medications are lifelong.
Dogs even need dental care like us. They too get plaque and tartar build-up and need to undergo a dental procedure like we do to make their teeth shiny and new again. Without proper care, plaque and tartar build-up can cause infections like gingivitis and even heart issues. Their mouth is just as sensitive as ours. If we're worried about our teeth, why wouldn't we worry about theirs?
Certain breeds require grooming. Some owners feel capable of doing it at home but others do not. If you're one of the owners that doesn't, grooming is yet another cost to add onto your pet’s needs. For more information about grooming and the grooming services we offer, please visit our grooming tab or give us a call.
Fleas and ticks are yet another thing you have to look out for. Ticks are more of a summer issue, but fleas can hop around all year long. Flea and tick products are offered to protect these pesky things from our new friends. It's better to have them on a year round treatment to prevent your loved ones from getting them. Click on the parasites tab or give us a call for more information.You don’t want to think about your dog getting lost, but you also want to prepare for the worst-case scenario. One of the first things you should cross off your new dog checklist is a collar. Even if you live in a rural area, a collar is a must. You also want to have a tag made for the collar that includes your name, address, and other contact information in case your pet wanders off. The recommends picking a collar for your dog that is large enough to fit two fingers between it and your pet when it’s around his or her neck. You’ll also want to purchase a leash so you can take your dog out in public, either for a walk around the block or to the local park.