Adding a new addition to the family is an exciting time in any household! But with all the joys that come with finding the right dog for you, there are some things that you may need to prepare for at home. Learn more about what new pet parents should expect before bringing their furry friend home.

Pet Proofing Your Home

When bringing a new dog into your home, it's important to make the transition as comfortable as possible for your furry friend. Something as simple as having a clean home with no clutter on the ground is vital when they are in an unfamiliar area – that's when they're more prone to play with or eat something they should not. Be sure to do a sweep of your home for any poisonous plants, wires or shoes you would not want your new dog to eat or tear up. If something does happen, a HomeAgain® membership gives you 24/7 access to an Emergency Medical Hotline staffed by licensed ASPCA veterinarians who are there to help.

Familiarizing Them with Your Home

Once your home is set for the big day, take the first week to familiarize them with their new home and surroundings. Long walks around the neighborhood and play time at home will not only help them gain a sense of awareness but will give you both plenty of bonding time.

Pet Care and Nutrition

Before bringing your new dog home, it's important to have the essentials ready for them. One of the most important things to have is food that meets their dietary needs, which can vary by dog size and age. Be sure to research if your new pal needs a certain type of food before they come home with you as well as discuss your new pet's requirements with your vet. Additionally, if you are a new pet parent, it's important to know the basics of pet care in the event of an emergency. Something as simple as learning pet CPR and what to do in the event of an emergency could be lifesaving.

Scheduling Vet Appointments

Once your dog has been acclimated into your new home and has all the necessities, be sure to visit your vet and confirm their vaccinations are up-to-date. Remember they are your best resource for any pet health questions! While you're there, be sure to talk about flea and tick preventatives and have your canine companion microchipped. Just don't forget to register them with HomeAgain once they're chipped!

Although getting a new dog may feel like a lot of preparation, pet ownership is truly one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things that you can do – just remember all the planning will pay off with years of furry companionship.