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Just Moved? How to Handle Dog Ownership In a New Community
It takes a village to raise a child – and it takes a village to raise a dog too! So if you’ve recently moved to a new community, you’ll need to know where to find pet services that can help you take care of your pet. The following tips can help you take care of your dog in a new community as you both settle into your new home.
Find a Vet
Finding and establishing your pet with a veterinarian is one of the most important things you can do for your dog when you move to a new town. Unfortunately, some veterinary clinics may not be accepting new patients, while others may only accept new patients at certain times of the month.
Finding out which veterinary clinic will be your pet’s new medical care provider can help assure that you can get your dog the care they need right away if your pet has an urgent medical need.
Know Where to Go for Emergency Services
Not all veterinary clinics are equipped to handle emergency services, and most veterinary clinics are not 24 hours. This means that you may need to find a separate facility in your area to take care of your pet if they swallow something hazardous, injure themselves, or fall ill during the veterinary clinic off-hours.
Look up pet emergency services in your area and put the information in your phone, on your fridge, and anywhere else that you might need that number if something should happen.
Learn the Rules of the Parks
As you get to know your new area, you’re probably looking with longing at all the local parks – and your dog probably is too! Most parks have rules about pets, including rules about whether your pet can be in the park, can be off-leash, and other factors.
Learning the rules of the dog parks in your area can help you choose which park to go to when the time comes to have some fun with your dog and help you and your dog avoid an incident that could lead to problems.
Update Your Dog’s Tag
Your dog’s tag should have your current information on it. If your phone number, address, and other details on that collar have changed since you moved, get your pet’s collar updated. Then, if your dog runs from the house or gets lost in an unfamiliar area, your pet will have information on its collar that can help your dog find their way back home. Remember to update your microchip information as well.
Explore Your Community Together
You’ve probably spent the last several weeks and months working on your relocation preparations — packing boxes, getting takeout food, and buying supplies for your home. It’s now time to resume your routine or establish a new one with a consistent dog walking schedule and reconnect with your dog.
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