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Buying a pet is an exciting time as you welcome your canine companion or feline friend into your home. However, there are many things to consider before you pour out the kibble, so take a look at Pets in a Pickle’s checklist to help you prepare for your new pet!

Finding the right breeder

If you have chosen to buy a puppy or kitten then it is important to make sure that the breeder is responsible, safe and legitimate. Look for a breeder through websites where rigorous background checks have been carried out for its members. Once you’ve found a furry friend to add to your family, make sure you ask the owner for health certificates, vaccination histories, and what socialisation he or she has had already.

Rescuing commitments

Adopting a cat or dog from a shelter can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Many of the animals that live in shelters and sanctuaries are a little bit older and might already be trained, microchipped etc, but this does not mean your hard work is done! Make sure your new best friend is suitable for your family before you bring them home.

Things to consider for a dog

Before you bring your dog home with you, there are a few things you should make sure you have in your home. This includes dry or canned food and a bowl, treats, a cosy bed and doggy shampoo! Your dog’s collar should include an ID tag with your phone number on it, just in case they escape their lead.

Things to consider for a cat

Food and water bowls are essential for any pet, but for your cat you also need to include a litter box and a scooper that can be kept in a quiet area of your home. Make sure you buy your cat a collar and ID tag before you get them, and it’s always useful to have a carrier, toys and nail clippers on hand!

Questions to ask yourself before buying a pet

Any pet is a big commitment, so there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you visit breeders and shelters. Can you provide for your pet if you go on holiday? Will an animal work with your current lifestyle? Consider any allergies you have, if you already have pets and if, ultimately, you can be responsible for another life.

Budgeting for a cat or dog

When you gain a new four-legged friend, you will find that you need to budget for their expenses. Of course, there are monthly outgoings including food and cat litter or waste bags as well as the initial purchase of leads, collars, beds and bowls. Each pet has different needs, but whether you get a cat, dog, or both, you must ensure they are protected and insured.

Comprehensive insurance

Insuring your canine companion or furry friend is one of the most important steps when buying a pet. When you buy insurance through Pets in a Pickle, you can protect your pet against the mischief they get up to! Policies range from twelve months to lifetime cover that are designed to keep tails wagging, from little bumps to long term health issues. See Pets in a Pickle’s cat and dog insurance packages here.

Get in touch with the Pets in a Pickle team today!

If you have any questions or queries regarding getting a new pet and want to know how Pets in a Pickle can help you, then get in touch today on 0800 044 111 or contact us online and a member of the friendly team will get back to you!

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