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About 6 weeks after my husband and I got married, I brought home my first child – Chester. Chester was a then 6 week old Australian Cattle Dog mix. If you could believe it, he was born on our wedding night! I had no real intentions of coming home with a dog that day. My friend wanted one of the pups from this litter and when I got to the farm to pick up her dog, Chester ran over to me and well the rest is history.
Although both my husband and I had dogs our whole lives, we both were never solely responsible for one. Being how Chester was only 6 weeks old, he missed his mother terribly and would cry all night. We went through potty training and socialization of our new puppy. Wow, all of this sounds awfully familiar to our future as parents as humans.
The bottom line was, we didn’t research the breed we brought home, how much it would cost to own a dog and essentially just winged it.
After 11.5 years of being dog parents, I feel like we probably could have used some tips all of those years ago. So, if you are looking to bring a dog into your home, here is what I suggest:
- Puppy Proof – Yup! Similar to baby proofing, you want to puppy proof your home. Confine the puppy to a smaller area (at least for the beginning) to get used to your new home and what is expected of him or her. Baby gates are a great idea. Say goodbye to exposed electrical cords, plants, anything that your puppy can jump on and damage or hurt themselves. If you love it and it’s expensive, you can bet your puppy will find it.
- If you work or are out of the home often, think about who will care for your new pup while you aren’t home. Just like our children, we have to think about our dog’s needs before our own needs.
- Do some research on the dog you are thinking about bringing into your home. You’ll want to think about how that breeds interact with children, their lifespan, are they prone to any injuries or illnesses. Also think about your living space, is the breed you want large? Will it fit in your home?
- Can you afford a dog? Proper pet care includes regular vet visits, especially as a puppy when they receive their immunizations, spaying or neutering, grooming, food and pet supplies.
- Look into pet insurance.
A healthy pup is a happy pup! As pet parents, we have the responsibility of taking care of their health and wellness, just like any member of the family.
Healthy Paws Pet Insurance®, the #1 customer-rated pet insurance, is there when you and your pet need them the most so that you can focus on giving them the best care without worrying about the cost. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance® pays up to 90% of vet bills and provides a multitude of information on how to help your pet live the healthiest life possible. If your pet is sick or injured, you don’t want cost to be the deciding factor in determining the best treatment. With pet insurance, you can avoid unexpected vet bills and protect your family’s budget, but most importantly, your furry family member.
Many human health-care techniques are becoming available for pet family members; however, these medical advances are expensive. You can avoid unexpected vet bills and protect your family’s budget with pet insurance. Pet insurance also does not cover pre-existing conditions, so it is important to sign your pup up early. Signing up early not only helps care for your pup with future illnesses and accidents, but lowers the cost for you too!
Every day, more pet parents are educating themselves on the importance of pet insurance- how it works, what it covers, and when they would need it.
This past summer, my dog Chester got very sick. After an almost $800 vet bill he was diagnosed with chronic Lymes Disease. After an additional $100 in medications, I truly regretted not having pet insurance.
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*Pet insurance, however, does not cover wellness care, such as regular vaccines, checkups, flea and tick or heart worm preventative, etc. not related to an unexpected accident or illness