Losing a much-loved pet is never easy. But even harder for many is being without a four-footed companion. Veterinarian Sheri Morris, DABVP, of Willamette Valley Animal Hospital in Keizer, Ore., offers a few thoughts about welcoming a new furry friend into your life.
Woe begone. Finish your grieving first. You can't simply replace a lost pet. You have to be ready for a new personality. "People need time to miss their pets and to think about them," says Morris. When you find yourself wanting a companion on your walks or a wagging tail to greet you when you arrive home, you'll know it's time.
We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors
with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger,
warn ASPCA experts.
"Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and
sunburn if overexposed to the heat," says Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA Vice President
of Veterinary Outreach, "and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated
Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your
pet from overheating...
Animal house. Consider the needs of your other household pets. They'll need time to adjust. Make sure you're constantly around to separate them if problems arise. "The most important thing is to supervise," Morris says. "You never know if they will accept the new pet quickly." Dogs adapt faster than cats: one to two weeks versus a month to six weeks.
Prepare yourself. When she lost one of her dogs, Morris she waited a year before she felt ready for a puppy. Again, it's best to be over the grieving stage before taking on a new member of the family, she says.