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Preparing Your Home for Pets

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3 Questions to Consider Before You Get a Pet

Have you been thinking about getting a pet? Pets offer unconditional love and add joy to our lives, but they are a significant responsibility. Before you get a pet, ask yourself these questions:

Do I Have Time for a Pet?

No matter how much you love animals, getting a pet is not a good idea if you are rarely home. Pets need human companionship -- and regular bathroom breaks. If you do not have time for a pet, but want to indulge your love of animals, consider volunteering at an animal shelter. You'll get all the benefits of interacting with pets without the responsibility.

Are My Children Old Enough for a Pet?

Most young children love pets, but aren't always gentle with them. Those love taps can hurt an animal or even cause it to bite or scratch your child if it feels threatened. If you won't be able to provide constant supervision for your child and pet, wait a few years until he or she is a little older.

Can I Afford a Pet?

Caring for a pet isn't cheap. In addition to food, supplies and toys, you'll also need to budget for yearly veterinary care. Plan for at least one well exam per year when your pet is young and at least two exams as your pet gets older. Pet insurance can help you manage the costs of accidents, illnesses, teeth cleaning and surgeries, particularly if you purchase it soon after you bring your pet home.

Walking through the front door with a new pet is an exciting moment. Unfortunately, if you are not prepared, the situation can become stressful and even dangerous for your pet in a matter of minutes. Make sure you take care of these essentials before you pick up your new furry friend.

Pet Proof Your House or Apartment

Get down on your pet's level and take a good look at your home. You will probably spot a few potential hazards that you might never have noticed from your vantage point. Before you open that carrier or take off that leash, make sure you:

  • Move cleaning supplies and medications out of your pet's reach. If you cannot move them, invest in child-safe latches for your kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
  • Find a safe place for thread, yarn and other craft supplies that curious pets may mistake for a snack.
  • Block small spaces to avoid a middle-of-the-night rescue for your new puppy or kitten. That space between the oven and kitchen cabinet may seem like the perfect hiding spot for a new pet. Unfortunately, your furry friend may discover that it's easier to get into these spots than out of them.
  • Remove shoes, clothing and other items that can become chew toys. Put electrical and phone cords out of your pet's reach or place them in a cord protector.
  • Shorten cords from mini blinds, as dangling cords can become a choking hazard.
  • Keep houseplants out of the reach of pets. Not only will pets make a mess if they knock over a plant, but they may become sick if they eat a poisonous plant.

Buy All the Essentials

Make sure you have everything your pet needs before his or her homecoming. Stock up on these pet care essentials:

  • Carrier
  • Leash or harness
  • Crate
  • Litterbox and litter
  • Scratching post
  • Cage and bedding (if you're bringing home a small animal)
  • Nail clippers
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Food and water bowls
  • Pet bed
  • Toys
  • Brush
  • Pet shampoo

Some Things to Think About

If you're bringing home a cat or kitten, consider purchasing multiple litter boxes. Place them on several floors of your home or in several rooms. It may take a little while for your cat to learn the floor plan of your home. Using multiple litter boxes can help prevent accidents.

Dogs, even previously housetrained dogs, can have accidents when adjusting to a new home. In addition to taking your pet outdoors regularly, prepare for the possibility of an accident by placing a wee-wee pad next to the door, just in case you don't wake up as early as your dog would like. Keep enzymatic cleaner on hand to clean up any messes that do occur. Enzymatic cleaner breaks down stains and neutralizes the smell of urine. If you don't remove the odor from the area, your pet may be drawn to that spot in the future and decide it's a perfectly fine place to urinate.

Do you have a new pet? Why not call us today and schedule an appointment for its first exam and shots, if needed.
 

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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

  •          

    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.
     

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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