Whether you recently adopted a new pet or your long-time family member is transitioning into a new phase of life, the products you buy for your pet are imperative to their health and livelihood. While it can feel overwhelming to research the thousands of products available on the market, your trusted vet has the expertise needed to recommend the best and safest products. Let’s discuss the essential products and supplies needed for your pet and where to go for help deciding which products are the best fit for your furry friend.
First and most importantly, the food you give to your pet is one of the most important decisions you make. If you’ve just adopted a new pet, you’ll want to find out what food they have been eating. Abruptly switching your pet’s food is not advised, but you’ll want to consult with a vet to determine if the food they’ve been eating is safe and best for your furry companion. You’ll also want to find out if your pet has any allergies, as they may require a specific kind of food to accommodate their allergies.
There are a variety of bowls on the market for pets that hold their food and water, from simple stainless steel, to more complex filtered water bowls, and more. Check with your veterinarian to determine the best bowls for your pet’s needs.
A collar is a great way for your pet to show off a little personality, as well as show proof of vaccinations, micro-chipping, and list their identification and owner contact details on metal tags that hang from the collar. It’s also a good idea to have more than just one type of leash on hand. Your vet will have the best recommendations regarding collars and leashes that are safe and a good fit for your pet.
Your pet needs a bed that will be a safe and comfortable place for them to sleep at night as well as nap during the day. It should be big enough that they can stretch out comfortably and not have to hunch and squeeze into it. Having a secluded place they can call their own that smells like their scent can be calming and peaceful.
Using safe and effective flea and tick prevention for your pet is a must. Many products on the market don’t work effectively, leaving your pet prone to fleas and ticks. Your veterinarian knows which flea and tick prevention products are the most effective and safest for your pet.
Toys and treats are a great way to promote a healthy lifestyle for your pet, provide stimulation, and are great for training. Unfortunately, many toys and treats on the market can be harmful or even toxic for your pet, causing disease or even cancer. Always check with your trusted vet for which toys and treats are safe for your furry friend before purchasing anything.
Keeping your pet clean and groomed is an important aspect of their care. The right pet shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, and nail trimmers can keep your pet clean and ward off pet dander and poor dental hygiene.
Whether you purchase a first aid kit specifically for pets or assemble your own, they come in handy when accidents, emergencies, and other surprises catch you off guard and your pet needs immediate care. Some products to include in your pet first aid kit include sterile gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, bandages, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, and a digital thermometer. Check with your vet for the safest and most helpful products for your pet’s first aid kit.
Whether you’ve just adopted a new pet or are considering purchasing a new toy for a long-time companion, Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital can help you make informed decisions about the products to purchase for your pet. Our vets care for family pets in the Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Chatsworth areas near Ventura County.
With years of experience and expertise, we will advise you on which products are best and safest for your beloved furry companion. Committed to providing exemplary pet care for nearly twenty years, we look forward to helping you choose pet products that will keep your pet healthy for years to come. Call us today to schedule your appointment.