Taking care of a pet is difficult. And that’s true no matter what your age. Rising to the challenge of a new pet is something that many people remember fondly from youth. But at the same time, many adults come into it with more understanding of their responsibilities. But no matter what one’s age there’s certain things that are always going to be true about a new pet.
The first truth is that there’s a lot of things to keep in mind with a new pet. It’s important to ensure that they always feel at home. Often times their new environment will be their first real introduction to the concept of a home. This can be easy for a kitten or puppy. Meanwhile older animals might have spent most of their life without any real home. These animals might have spent a huge amount of time on the street. And then even more time in a pound.
This also shows where there’s a need for veterinary medicine with new pets. A kitten or puppy needs all their shots to prepare them for the difficulties of the world. But an older pet might carry all the illness a life on the street would bring. In theory they should have had everything taken care of before adoption. But most people are well aware that theory and practice are often very different things. And oftentimes there’s only so much that can be noticed indoors.
For example, dogs and cats alike tend to eat grass when they have something wrong with their digestive system. It’s a well known red flag for GI issues. But it’s only going to be noticed if someone has the dog or cat outside. Even the most well meaning pound won’t be equipped to notice this phenomenon.
But if a …