Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

Getting a new pet is a big responsibility and one that should never be taken likely. That is why you need to plan if you are welcoming a new animal into your home. The environment that you create for them is just as important as the food you give them, so having the right things in place will make them happy and calm. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before choosing and bringing home your new pet.

Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

If you have children, then they will probably have their own ideas about what pet they want. However, it is important that you look at your family’s circumstances to see what animal will be best suited. If you are a family that is out for most of the day, then an animal such as a dog would be the wrong decision, as they get lonely and depressed being on their own all day, and nor would they get enough exercise. Cats, on the other hand, are independent and won’t mind being on their own.

Where Will They Live?

Depending on what animal you eventually choose, you will need to find a good space for them to live in. A dog can stay inside or outside the house, although in bad weather they should be allowed to stay inside; even if they are inside all the time, they will still need a space of their own to sleep, relax and rest. Cats are more independent, though you should still provide a safe space for them out of the way of children or other animals. Some cat breeds need a lot of mental stimulation, or they become aggressive and destructive. Other animals such as mice and gerbils can be kept in cages, though you will still need to keep them in a place that is warm and dry. You should also keep them out of reach of other animals and small children!

Are Your Other Animals Healthy?

If you are getting a pet that hasn’t had its injections yet, then you need to ensure that all your other animals are fit and healthy. If any of them haven’t had their injections, then it is best to get this done before bringing other animals into the house. You must also treat your animals for fleas using an easy to apply treatment such as Advecta, which is especially important when you introduce a new animal into your menagerie. It is also a good idea to make sure that the new animal is taken to the vet for a check-up as soon as possible to confirm their health.

Is Your Home Ready for Your New Arrival?

You might think that you have your home ready for your new pet; however, there could be areas you have not considered that could affect the wellbeing of your pet. If you are getting a dog, is your fence in your backyard high and secure enough? Dogs can jump great heights, and dig under low fences, so regularly check for any holes in the fence that an animal can get in or out. If you are getting a smaller animal that will live in a cage, then you will need to be mindful of objects around their cage, for example, you will need to keep wires away from the cage as rabbits in particular like to eat them thinking they are roots.

Who Will be Responsible for the Pet?

It is a question that many parents are left to ask when a new pet arrives. Who Will be Responsible for the Pet? Many children will promise to look after a new pet, though it eventually becomes more of the responsibility of the parents. One way to minimize this is to set out a cleaning or walking route that encourages your children to play their part. Your kids may soon get bored if they are only cleaning out the cage, so try to get them involved in other activities too. Encourage them to play with the pet and feed it, caged animals such as gerbils and rabbits can be let out of their cage occasionally to have more freedom.

Will a New Pet Get Along with Your Existing Animals?

One consideration you need to keep in mind is whether a new pet will be accepted by the other pets in the household. It can be a particular issue with cats and dogs as they have a tendency to be territorial. If you have a pet that displays aggressive behavior towards other animals, you should choose an animal that won’t be considered a threat.  

Are You Prepared for the Odd Accident?

If you are getting a cat or a puppy, then you should be aware that toilet training can be difficult. At first, they may well have accidents as this is part of their learning curve. It is important to have a clean-up plan in place so that if an accident does happen, you are ready to deal with it. Have you researched the best ways to toilet train your animal? It might give you some useful advice and make the process a lot easier. The most important thing to remember is that this period takes patience, it will eventually get sorted out.

Have You Researched the Pets Food Requirements?

There are many types of pet food on the market, and they are all designed specifically for each animal type. However, some products are better for your pet than others, so it is important to research and get the best one for them. Your vet may be able to recommend a specific brand or type, especially if your animal has any allergies. It is also vital to learn how much food you need to give them. There is usually a feeding guide on the side of the food, if you administer the correct amount, your pet may become overweight and suffer the health consequences.

There are many joys of being a pet owner, as long as you are prepared, you will get many years of love and fun from your new pet.

4 Things to Look for in a Good Pet Sitter

Whether you have a cat, dog, rabbit, horse, or even a hamster, most pet owners will agree that their animal is a huge part of their family. So, if you have booked a vacation and are unable to take your furry friend along with you, you will want to ensure that they get the best possible care and are looked after and loved during your absence. In order to do this, the best thing to do is find a reputable pet sitter who will look after your pet as if they were their own. We’ve put together some top tips to help you find the perfect pet sitter.


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Home Visits

Staying in a boarding kennel, a cattery or another facility for pets can be very stressful for your pet, as they will be in an unfamiliar environment with strange surroundings and other animals in close proximity. Although certain pets may be able to thrive well in this environment, others, for example cats, may become anxious and distressed when away from the place that they call home.  So, when looking for a pet sitter, be sure to ask whether or not they provide a home visit service, where your pet can receive the care and attention that they need without having to stay elsewhere.


Type of Pet

Some pet sitters will happily look after a wide variety of pets, for example, Classic Sitting Services.  However, in some cases it may be essential to find a sitter who specializes in looking after a certain type of animal. For example, if your pet is more exotic than mainstream, such as a snake or a lizard, you will have better peace of mind when leaving them with somebody who is experienced with looking after that particular kind of pet.



When looking for a suitable pet sitter you should ensure that your pet insurance covers any accidents that they might have whilst you are away. A good pet sitter may even provide their own insurance and will have contacts in the form of local veterinarians so that you know your furry friend will be in the best hands should anything go wrong. When searching for somebody to care for your pet, it’s important to ensure that they are registered with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.


Training, Qualifications and Experience

It’s certainly true that you don’t need any special training or qualifications to look after a pet. So, before you hire a pet sitter, it’s important to consider any experience that they have along with training and qualifications. For example, somebody with no qualifications but a lifetime of owning and looking after their own dogs will still be able to give your dog a great standard of care. When interviewing any potential pet sitters before hiring them, be sure to enquire about the amount and type of experience that they have so that you can determine how suitable they will be for your pet.


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Leaving your pet behind when you go on vacation is often essential, so ensure that you’re both happy and stress-free with a good pet sitter.


Photo credits to my dear friend Marie Gizelle

The Dangers of Buying from a Puppy Farm

Dogs make great family pets. They are loyal, playful, and offer their love unconditionally, so when you arrive home at the end of a stressful day, your dog will be more than happy to greet you with all the enthusiasm they can muster. There are always lots of mixed breed adult pooches looking for a new home, but many people prefer to buy a puppy instead. They know what breed they want and are willing to pay extra for a pure bred puppy to call their own.

Puppy Farms

Puppy farms are a big problem in many countries. The definition of a puppy farm is an establishment where puppies are churned out in huge numbers with very little regard for their health or welfare. There are many unscrupulous breeders out there who are more interested in turning a profit than raising happy, healthy dogs. These people don’t bother to breed selectively so genetic problems are passed on through successive generations and unwitting buyers end up buying dogs with serious health problems. So how can you tell if the breeder is a puppy farmer?

Look for a Registered Breeder

The best way to avoid buying a puppy from a puppy farm is to look for a registered breeder. Reputable breeders of pedigree dogs for sale like Florida Puppies Online will be registered with the American Kennel Club. In order to be a registered breeder, you have to go through a number of rigorous checks to ensure you are adhering to strict health and welfare standards. This means anyone buying a puppy from a registered breeder has complete peace of mind that the puppy will be happy and free from disease.

Visit the Breeder’s Establishment

KC registered breeders tend to charge more than “hobby” breeders, so you may prefer to buy from a non-registered breeder. This is fine as long as you are very careful about the type of person you buy from, but you should take a good look around when you go to view the puppies.

Reputable breeders raise their puppies in a family home, so if you go to look at a puppy and it’s in an outdoor shed, along with a lot of other dogs and puppies, be very suspicious. This type of set-up is often a commercial breeding establishment and welfare standards will be low. Sometimes a breeder will bring the puppy to you instead, but insist on seeing the mother as well as the pup, to rule out the possibility that the puppies have been bred elsewhere and removed from their mother too early.

Check the Puppy Carefully

A well-bred puppy is lively, bright-eyed, and clean. He or she will want to make friends and can be handled without any sign of anxiety. A puppy bred on a puppy farm will smell unpleasant, will probably be terrified of human contact, and may be malnourished or small for its age. If there is a lot of discharge from the eyes or the puppy has a cough, be suspicious.

Whatever you do, don’t buy a puppy if you are at all concerned about the state of its health or surroundings. No matter how cute the puppy is all you will be doing is perpetuating the practice. Instead walk away and report the breeder to the appropriate animal welfare authorities.

Buying a Dog from a Breeder – Pros and Cons

When you have decided you want a new dog in your life, one of the most important decisions you then have to make is where to get it from. There are always dogs in need of adoption at local shelters, or you can source the kind of dog you want from a professional breeder. While a rescue dog is a nice choice because you are giving a loving home to an animal who really needs it, there are also some good arguments from getting your pet from a breeder. Here, we look at the pros and cons of buying a new dog from a local breeder or an online company like Little Puppies Online:

Advantages of Getting a Dog from a Breeder

One of the key benefits to getting your new pet from a dog breeder is that you can have your pick of any breed or cross breed you want. If you have your heart set on a specific type of dog, like a husky or greyhound that is not especially common, you are very unlikely to find what you want at a shelter. While plenty of pure bred dogs and dogs of all varieties end up in rescue, the chances of there being the exact type you want at your local shelter on the day you go will be slim if you have a very specific breed in mind.

Another advantage is you will know the dog has been treated properly so far in its life if you buy it from a reputable breeder. With rescue dogs, unless they were born at the shelter, it can be hard to know what has happened to them in the past, and they may have behavioral issues as a result of mistreatment.

Disadvantages of Getting a Dog From a Professional Breeder

While with a breeder, you have plenty of options when it comes to the type of dog you want, you don’t have options, usually, when it comes to the age. You can very easily find, for example, yorkie puppies from breeders, but if you want an adult yorkie dog because you prefer a more mature dog or don’t have the energy to keep up with a puppy, it can be difficult – shelters, however, always have plenty of older dogs who need homes.

Another disadvantage is cost. While your rescue dog costs no more than a donation or a small admin fee, a dog from a breeder can cost thousands of dollars.

Making Your Choice

If you definitely want a puppy rather than a more mature dog, and you are very particular about the breed, or even size, of the dog you end up with, then a breeder is the best option – though be sure to make sure you find a responsible one. If you simply want a dog, and only have a vague idea of the kind (for example you want a large dog but don’t specifically want a given breed), then a rescue can be a better choice for many people, and will certainly cost you less!

No Bones About It: 4 Best Cities for Dogs

The unconditional love and undeniable charms of a dog are hard for many people to resist. It is probably no shock that America is a nation of dog lovers, but some of the best places to live for our beloved canine companions may surprise you. Taking into account factors like pet health care, the availability of dog parks, and walkability, these towns and cities provide many perks for dogs and the people who adore them.


Seattle has a larger population of dogs than kids, and that says something about the city, as well as its human and canine residents! No, Seattle does not provide a tropical climate with sunshine each day, but it does provide plenty of walking paths for pet owners to enjoy with their dogs when the weather is nice. Also, dogs are welcome on the public transportation in the city. Local shops offer hundreds of products to help dogs enjoy the great outdoors, and many meet-up groups for dog lovers allows chances for dogs and their humans to make friends.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is considered to be the cultural center of Northern California, and it also is quickly building the reputation as a mecca for dog lovers and their four-legged friends. It has plenty of dog parks. In fact, more than two dozen dog parks allow canines to run, play, and socialize with other dogs. It also has a lot of walking paths, and dogs are allowed to ride on trolley cars, so they aren’t restricted to only a local neighborhood. The city hosts dog-friendly bars, restaurants, and even gyms.

Portland, Oregon

Portland has enjoyed a reputation as a mecca for nature lovers for many years, and even its nickname of Rose City refers to the natural beauty of the city. So it should not be a huge surprise that Portland is also a haven for dog lovers and their canine companions. Portland has nearly three dozen dog parks, which is more than any other big city in the country, and it boasts its own social network for dog lovers. Many of its restaurant policies will even allow dogs to enjoy a meal alongside their owners.

Boston, Massachusetts

Known for its rich history, the Red Sox, and maybe even as being the setting for the beloved sitcom “Cheers,” Boston is also one of the best cities for dog lovers. It has a wealth of parks and public places for people to walk their dogs, and it also hosts hundreds of dog-friendly activities. Dogs are allowed on Boston’s subway as long as it’s not during peak hours for commuters, so getting around the city with a canine companion is easy. Even businesses get in on the fun, with the local Liberty Hotel hosting a happy hour that caters to both dogs and people.

Finally, when you are considering the ideal places for you and your furry friends, don’t be afraid of contacting businesses and individuals directly. Keep an open mind as you explore possible homes. You may be surprised at how flexible some locations are, and big cities and small towns alike may welcome your canine companion with open arms.