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Pandemic Pets—And Why You Should Look Beyond

A pet is always a worthy addition to any home, yours included. And at a time like this pandemic when we could all use some extra love and companionship, a new pet may just be what the proverbial doctor ordered. But of course, there’s more to pet ownership than just wet kisses and cuddles, which is why you have to know the nitty-gritty of it, so you not only do it right, but truly commit to it for the long haul. Let’s get down to business.

Making the Big Decision

Adopting a pet is not a decision to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s a great deal of responsibility. It’s only right to do your due diligence beforehand to know for sure that this is, in fact, a commitment that you’re ready for.

● Choose the right pet for your family, taking into consideration stuff like allergies, available space, lifestyle, and more.

● Be mindful of the cost of pet ownership to determine if this is really something your finances can handle, as explains, it can really add up.

● Decide whether you want to adopt versus buy a pet.

● Alternatively, consider fostering a pet if you’re still on the fence about making a lifetime commitment.

Welcoming Your Pet Home

As your new pet joins your household, you can anticipate plenty of adjustments for animals and humans alike. It’s more than wise to prep your home for the new arrival as best as you can so they feel at home quicker.

● Make sure to have pet essentials ready for your new resident, such as a food bowl, crate, bed, and more.

● Save as you stock up on pet supplies when you shop at PetSmart at Rakuten.

● Take steps to make your new pet comfortable and involve the family while you’re at it.

Keeping Your Home Pet (and Human)-Friendly

Pets don’t exactly make for the tidiest of housemates. For this reason, taking measures to keep the home clean and safe for all its occupants, regardless of leg count, is more than crucial.

● Stock up on safe and non-toxic cleaning products to address pet accidents.

● Get thorough upholstery cleaning regularly to remove unsightly stains and keep your family healthy and allergy-free.

● Don’t forget to pet-proof your home, too, to keep your pet and your belongings safe.

Giving Your Pet the Best Life

Taking care of a pet will require time, money, and effort, yes. However, these are small prices to pay for the unconditional love and affection that you’ll get back in spades.

● Take the time to choose the right vet to ensure that your pet gets the best possible care.

● Family Handyman suggests exploring ways to keep your pet comfortable when they’re home alone.

● When you’re out of town or working, bring your pet to Red Bluff Pet Resort to give your furry family member the royal treatment!

Indeed, a new pet can be a wonderful diversion during this pandemic. But the fact is, welcoming one in your home should be a lot more than that. Ultimately, by giving an animal a home, you’re giving your heart one, too.

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