Welcoming a new pet into your home is exciting but can also be a lot of work. The trip home with your new furry friend is not the time to run to the pet store for toys, food, and treats. It’s essential to have all the necessary supplies ready before your new family member arrives. Preparing and planning for your four-legged friend’s arrival also mean pet-proofing your home by removing or relocating unsafe plants and hazardous materials. Prepare for your new arrival by following these three tips.


#1 Keep Hazardous Materials Away From Your Pet

Pets are naturally curious, especially when entering a new home. Tucking medications away in cabinets and drawers will prevent potential accidents from occurring. Keeping your cleaning supplies and products out of the way will also help ensure your pet doesn’t get into anything they don’t need. You can check the packaging on any product you are worried about to ensure it’s safe for your pet. 


#2 Have All Your Pet Supplies Ready To Go

Food, water, and a safe place to call their own should be the first thing your new pet experiences when they come home. Providing your dog with a confined space like a crate or kennel with a bed for them to rest on can help calm their nerves as they enter their new environment. In comparison, a litter box, food, and toys are the main essentials for your feline friends! If your new furry family member has access to multiple rooms inside or outside the house, be sure to provide them with water bowls in several locations to promote hydration.


#3 Remove Unsafe Plants

Several common household plants can be toxic to your cat or dog. Lily’s, Aloe Vera, Pothos, Snake Plants, and English Ivy’s are all examples of unsafe plants for your pets. A curious pet in a new environment is prone to explore, sniff and even nibble on your plants and other toxic materials. Remove or move any unsafe plants, so they are out of reach for your new pet. 


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