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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!

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Picking the Right Pup

Picking the right puppy is a big decision, but we want to help!

There are puppies for sale but you need help deciding which to take home. Picking the right pup to bring into your life is difficult, but we hope to help you think it through.

We have identified the main areas of consideration when choosing your fur ever friend. These areas are breed and size, activity and exercise, along with time and place.

Nothing like picking the right puppy and see it running excitedly toward you.

Picking a Pup that is the Right Breed and Size

The breed of dog you will be owning makes a huge difference in their temperament, size, and overall cost.

Some breeds of dogs like Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, bulldogs, and newfound lands are naturally prone to being calmer and more friendly. Other breeds like pit bulls, Chihuahuas, and dachshunds can be prone to more aggressive behavior. That is not to say these are inherently safe or dangerous breeds, but that each breed is predisposed to a certain temperament, and that you should consider their nature when purchasing your pet.

For example, a smaller dog like a pug may save you money in food over their life-spans, but this particular breed of dog is prone to breathing and lung problems which can wind up costing you more money in veterinarian costs. The same is true of very large dogs as well, such as a Great Dane. Great Danes are prone to heart problems due to their massive size which can be taxing on their cardiovascular system. These cardiovascular issues can also lead to high vet bills so be aware of this before purchasing these, and similar, breeds.

Activity and Exercise

While you may think that activity and exercise are one and the same, there are some differences when it comes to keeping your particular breed of pet happy.

For example, a border collie is a high-energy, high-drive breed of dog which needs both mental and physical stimulation in the form of activities. Activities can include things like learning new tricks, obstacle courses, interaction with other animals, and of course physical exercise like walks and runs. If a highly intelligent breed of dog like this is left unstimulated, they can cause problems and become a nuisance to their owners and family members.

Other breeds like the bulldog are more suited to a companion lifestyle where they get enough exercise on a daily basis, but do not necessarily crave activity and stimulation like a border collie would. These dogs are best for elderly owners or people with small children who may interact unpredictably with the dog.

Think about how active you currently are, how active you want to be, and how much energy you are willing to expend on your pet. Knowing your limits and their needs will help keep both of you happy.

A group of puppies looking for a new home.

Time and Place

There are only twenty four hours in a day, and most of those are spent sleeping or working. How many hours do you have each day to dedicate to your dog?

The amount of time spent on your dog will largely depend on its age and activity level. Puppies, by nature, require significantly more time commitment. Picking the right pup will be largely based on your lifestyle. They need to go outside more frequently, exercise more frequently, and be monitored much more closely than a dog over the age of 2. Once your dog is accustomed to your schedule you can better plan your time, but during the early stages, be prepared to spend a ton of time with your puppy.

The place you live is also important when deciding the right breed. If you have a home with a backyard that is fenced in, your responsibilities will be a lot easier when it comes to potty training and light activities. If you live in an apartment or condo you will be limited to outdoors activities in designated areas or sidewalks.

Apartments and condos also typically have breed and weight restrictions along with pet deposits that you will want to be aware of. Review your lease agreement prior to making any final decisions.

Decision

Naturally, you will be tempted by the puppies for sale, but knowing everything that has been outlined above will help you make an informed decision and give you and your new puppy a fantastic life.

Still Can’t Decide on the Right Pup to Pick?

We get it! Picking the right pup is difficult. If you still need some help, Pedigree offers a quick quiz to see which breed may be best for you!

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Puppies Desperately need Microchips Now

Pets after getting their microchip

So, you picked the right pup for you. Now, you must make sure they are safe! The simplest way to ensure the safety of your pet is to make sure that they are microchipped. In the United States, 6.5 million companion animals go to shelters every year and 1.5 million of these animals end up euthanized. Looking at the data above presents a compelling argument on microchipping your pet.

What is a microchip:

The RSPCA defines a microchip as a “permanent method of electronic identification.” At the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is a non-invasive and permanent safeguard against the possibility of your pet going unidentified if they are lost. Microchips implant into the animal subcutaneously – below the surface of the skin – via a hypodermic needle comparable to those used during routine injections for your pet. The microchip goes between the shoulder blades of your pet for easy scanning. The RSPCA also states, “Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the animal and the owner.”

Advantages of a microchip:

The main benefit of microchipping a pet is that it will be returned home. Based on a 2009 study from ScienceDaily, “the return-to-owner rate for cats was 20 times higher and for dogs 2 ½ times higher for microchipped pets than were the rates of return for all stray cats and dogs that had entered the shelters.” Every veterinary office or animal shelter will be able to easily and quickly identify your pet and get in contact with the owner.

Another advantage of microchipping is affordability. Petfinder estimates that the average cost of microchipping is a $45 one-time fee to implant the microchip. Afterward, you must register your pet in a national database for identification purposes. When compared to traditional identification methods such as physical ID tags which cost, on average $12 (not including the collar) it is easy to justify microchipping. The permanent nature of a microchip compared to the impermanence of a physical ID tag illustrates the value of microchipping. For less than $0.13 per day (over the first year) you can rest assured that your pet can be identified in case of emergencies.

Ease of installation is another advantage of microchips. With a quick and relatively pain-free procedure, the process of implanting a microchip is something that can be done during routinely scheduled veterinary visits. The entire process takes less than a minute and will not cause your pet any undue stress or harm. The best time to microchip a pet is when it is a puppy or kitten.

Next steps:

Contact your local veterinarian or animal shelter to get a quote on pricing for a microchip; if your pet does not already have one implanted. If your pet does have the microchip already, make sure you have updated your contact information.

Spread the word! Tell pet owners about the benefits of microchipping your pet! Your efforts could save someone’s pet from losing their family!