How to make a rescue comfortable in their new home: Tips for relocating a rescue dog or cat

Bringing a pet home from a local shelter can be a truly rewarding experience. With this decision, we are helping a pet who needs accommodation, love and, companionship. Most pets in shelters are either strays, rescued from inhumane conditions or may have been surrendered by their previous owners due to various reasons.

How can you make a rescue pet comfortable in their new environment? Here are some tips for relocating a rescue cat or dog:

Has the house been pet-proofed?

Whether you are an existing pet owner or about to become one, it is extremely important to pet-proof your house. Dogs and cats are very curious by nature and love to explore. Before you bring a rescue pet home, make sure there are no toxic plants within reach and no sharp objects lying around that could harm your new furry friend. Always keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets closed so your new pet doesn’t go around smelling harmful chemicals or cleaning supplies.

Time for Introductions:

Everyone takes their own time to get adjusted to a new member in the family. When introducing your new dog or cat to your family, make sure the atmosphere is calm, so your new pet doesn’t feel threatened or scared. It’s natural for young children to get excited but loud voices tend to make some pets feel afraid.

Offer your presence:

If your rescue pet is relatively new in the house, you don’t want to leave them alone or unattended all day. Be prepared to provide your presence for your pet’s safety and sense of security. The first few days are always important to develop friendship and to bond, and they could feel anxious if left alone for too long. Stay around them while they explore their new house and get familiar. If you have a busy schedule, request your family members to provide companionship until your rescue pet feels completely settled.

Make a comfortable pet corner:

You can designate a spot for your pet by placing some toys, a cozy blanket or a comfortable little bed so they know it’s their area. Although pets tend to believe the whole house belongs to them, preparing a spot or corner for them could help them feel secure and settled.

Did you buy the treats?

It is important to help a rescue pet feel comfortable. Having some delicious incentives as treats would encourage their good behavior like going to the litter box or being obedient. With new food and treats, it may take time to get accustomed to their food preferences. Be prepared for the moments when they refuse to eat what you got for them. Keep the store receipt handy for food exchanges or refunds.

Schedule an Appointment with the Vet:

Before you bring your new rescue pet to the house, schedule an appointment with the vet for a proper check up. After the initial check-up, schedule follow up appointments and keep the veterinary clinic phone number handy in case of emergencies. This is to ensure your dogs safety or your cats wellbeing. If your veterinary clinic is not open on weekends for emergency cases, make sure you save contact information of clinics that offer emergency services. It is always recommended to stay in touch with your pets’ vet or their assistant to ask about any uncommon behavior or unexpected health concern.

If your pet is unwell or experienced an accidental injury, a Toronto pet taxi service like Paws en route can provide safe and timely pet transportationto the animal hospital or the Vet Emergency Clinic so your loved pets can get the care and treatment they deserve.

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