Bringing Home Your New Pet
The PEI Humane Society wants to provide as many resources as possible for those looking to adopt and/or care for companion animals on PEI. Our mission is to provide you with the educational resources necessary to ensure you and your pet find success together.
Once you bring your new family member home, let them settle in and enjoy the cuteness!
Check out this checklist brochure to make sure you’re ready for your new dog/puppy
Check out this checklist to make sure you’re ready for your new cat/kitten
Check out this checklist to make sure you’re ready for your new rabbit
Choosing your Veterinarian
After bringing your new pet home, you may want to get them checked out by your own veterinarian. If you don’t have a veterinarian here are some tips for finding one:
- Close to where you live. You don’t want to be too far away from your veterinarian in case of emergencies.
- Office Hours. You want to be able to work around your schedule and have your vet available
- What type of payment options and plans they offer. Some veterinary offices offer payment plans for larger treatments and some do not.
- Cost. Many veterinary offices charge different amounts for the same procedures however, often the lower prices may not include comprehensive services.
- Most importantly choose a Veterinary Office that treats you and your pet well. You want to be able to have a positive Veterinarian-Client-Patient- Relationship (VCPR).
What Does Your Pet Need to Eat?
- Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs from one another. This means that you are not able to feed a dog, cat food or vice versa. There are so many food choices for pet owners that it can be a bit intimidating trying to choose the appropriate food for your new pet. A great resource to use is the Pet Nutrition Alliance website. Which allows pet owners to compare different pet food brands and companies.
- Tips on reading a pet food label can be found here.
- Rabbits are totally different to feed then Cats or Dogs. Rabbits require; hay, rabbit pellets and additional vegetables. They can also have some fruits for a treat. See more about rabbit nutrition here.
- If you are really unsure of which pet food would be best for your pet, ask your veterinarian. They are a great resource and only a phone call away.
- Toxic foods — many things we eat are actually toxic to our pets! See the list from Canadian Veterinary Medical Association about the Top Ten Toxic Foods in the Home.