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What Do You Need for a New Pet?

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Pets are fun and adorable new members of your family, but they also are a lot of responsibility. When purchasing a new pet, it’s important to consider what you will need for your pets, so you can make purchases and see if they fit in your budget.

All Dogs and Cats Need Food

All Cats and Dogs Need Food

Food is a tricky topic because there are many varieties. However, when buying your new puppies and kittens’ food, remember to purchase specially made food for dogs and cats younger than 1-year-old. Along with this, depending on the quality of food, the cost will increase. One important component to look for in dog food is the quality of protein. Make sure your food is verified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). In the AAFCO’s guidelines, they state that when looking at ingredients in dog food, you should make sure the ingredients make sense to you. Watch out for companies that list ingredients like “animal protein products.” The first ingredient in your food should be the protein source. If the food begins with “cornmeal” it is not a sign of a good product.

A good provider of dog or cat food might also list multiple studies about why they put certain ingredients in their product. If they are not transparent or make appeals to emotions like, “cats just love chewy and crunchy food that taste like meat,” it’s time to walk away.

Key Ingredients in Pet Food

Look for these key nutritional ingredients in your dog food:

  1. protein
  2. fats
  3. carbohydrates
  4. minerals
  5. vitamins

Some owners believe a raw meat diet is the best for their dog, but there are no scientific studies to verify this. Since dogs have evolved with humans, some studies have found that dogs can digest cooked carbohydrates as well as humans. Dogs are omnivores, so they are able to eat a variety of foods in their diet.

On the other hand, cats are obligate carnivores. They must eat meat to absorb certain nutrients. Taurine is one of the main components cats require in a diet. Sure, the more premium food may cost you more, but it will save you from medical bills in the long run. So, make the best choice for your pet.

A Plan to Microchip Your Pet

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to invest in your pet is to buy a microchip. A microchip will secure your dog or cat from ever getting lost. A microchip is usually inserted inside a pet when they are a puppy or kitten. If your pet gets lost, shelters and veterinarians can scan their unique identification code and if you are registered in the national database, they can return your pet to you. Therefore, saving the money for a microchip and a membership plan for your pet is an imperative part of owning a pet.

Basic Supplies

Basic Supplies for Cats and Dogs

If you are getting a new pet, you will need rags and lots of them. If it is a dog, it is highly likely they will not be potty trained. Accidents do occur so if you do not have adequate cleaning supplies, it is time to invest in some great paper towels and mops. Along with this, you may need some puppy training pads if you leave your puppy alone while going shopping or to an appointment at the doctor’s office. Puppies have small bladders that can only hold pee for about an hour. On the other hand, kittens are much easier to train with a litter box, so it will not be too difficult for them to understand their rightful place. So, get to cleaning!

Emergency Money for Your New Feline or Dog

Emergency Money for your Pet

You always think you are prepared until you are not. If your dog or cat eats something that is bad for them or accidentally eats the carpet, you can bet your pet and you will be on your way to the veterinarian in your future. That is why the cost of a pet varies from month to month. With puppies and kittens, you can never be sure of what you are in for. For our dogs at My Next Pup, we always deliver them to you with a 5-year health guarantee, so you can be sure your pup will not have any genetic problems due to bad breeding. However, even if your pet is in tip-top shape, they can get themselves sick. So, save a couple of bucks for a pet emergency, and you will be good to go.

Keep Going!

We hope you found our five top tips for what you need for a new pet helpful. Despite puppies and kittens being adorable, they are a lot of work. So, do not get discouraged! As long as you keep our tips in mind, your new pet purchase will go great! If you want to adopt a new puppy, we have puppies for sale at My Next Pup. We only work with the best breeders!