5 of the Most Common Mistakes New Pet Owners Make

Thursday, April 27, 2023


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It is something that we all think is great in theory, but for many people, the reality doesn't match what was in their heads. There's no denying the fact that the love between a pet and its owner is beyond comprehension. This unconditional love between a pet owner and a dog is a wonderful thing to see, but there are many mistakes that new pet owners make. If you are a first-time pet owner, here are some of the most common mistakes that pet owners make.
Underestimating the Cost

Lots of people get a pet before they realize just how much a pet can cost. There are a lot of hidden expenses. It's not just about the costs of treats, food, and toys, but there are also the costs of keeping the pet healthy. A home vet or a standard vet can provide a variety of checkups and vaccinations but it's so important for pet owners to think about everything in terms of the big picture.
Not Planning for House Training

Lots of pet owners underestimate the impacts of house training a pet, especially when it's a dog. If you neglect the training early in your pet's life, it's very likely they're going to have more accidents around the house and it will be difficult for you to leave them for longer periods of time. It's important to get a potty training plan in place. Those first few weeks where you are training your dog can mean a lot of sleepless nights, and so many people think that a pet is something that will give them unconditional love, but they are living, breathing creatures who also need structure, and of course, that includes walking and spending time outside.
Underestimating Their Health

There are a number of things that you need to do as a new pet owner. For example, a dog will need a variety of vaccinations and need to be neutered and spayed, but they also need regular checkups. When you take a pet for an annual checkup, the vet will perform a physical exam by checking their vital signs, heart health, weight, lungs, and any other test they think may be necessary. It's important that you take them to their annual check-up and not forget about it. These visits become even more important as they get older and are more likely to develop health issues.
Neglecting Behavioral Problems

We can easily mollycoddle our pets, and this can make us overlook or even be blind to certain pet problems, like a dog barking all day every day. Dogs can bark for a number of reasons. For example, they could be anxious, but there are things you can do to fix these problems, for example, specific training strategies. It's always helpful to consult a professional trainer or veterinarian for advice.
Not Being Ready for Emergencies

Preparing for emergencies is something we all should do more of. No pet owner wants to think about the emergency but they do happen especially if your dog or cat decides to run away and can't find their way back. This is where having your pet microchipped can be invaluable and a lifesaver.

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