For a harmonious cohabitation between animals
To put the odds of a good cohabitation in your favour when you introduce a new pet in your home, the team of Passionimo prepared a list of questions and answers.
HOW SHOULD I INTRODUCE A NEW PET IN MY HOME?
First, take the time to really think about it. Here are a few things to consider: How much time can I invest? What is the space available? What is my budget?
Even if your child claims to absolutely want a dog or a gold fish and to be prepared to take care of the pet day and night; in reality, that commitment might last a few weeks at most. Instead of telling children that their pet will have to go back to the shelter if they don’t take care of it, keep in mind from the get-go that the pet will often wind up being your responsibility…Remember that pets are not toys: they are sensible creatures who will form a bond with their family, often in a very short time!
Get information on the breed you’re interested in to make sure it fits with your lifestyle.
DO I NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS IF I HAVE CHILDREN?
Yes, keep a watchful eye on the situation! Pets, just like humans, have different levels of patience. Introducing a new pet in a home environment is a stressful experience for everyone involved. Caution should be exercised.
Going in with the false notion that a pet will never bite is akin to thinking that a mom will never yell or lose patience…It’s essential for pets to have a corner or spot where they can seek refuge to be left in peace. Be mindful that the new pet will not know where this place is from the get-go! We then have to show the newcomer where it is and make sure that everyone in the household understands that when the dog is in that special place he should not be disturbed.
Is there a risk that my new furry friend will transit diseases to my current pet?
Yes, and sadly, this happens frequently, including transmitting fleas and intestinal worms and contracting respiratory diseases. Here are 2 rules to follow:
- Make sure that your current pet is properly vaccinated.
- Before taking a new pet home, bring it to your veterinarian, especially if it’s an outdoor pet or if it’s coming from a shelter, a pet store or if you don’t know he history.
Additionally, some diseases can remain dormant for several days before showing signs or symptoms, and yet be contagious. That’s why it’s so important to protect the pets you already own.