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August 28, 2016

Tips for First Time Fur Parents

Getting a new dog can be challenging for first time fur parents, especially if one isn’t prepared for it or decides to get a new pet on a whim. I asked the same group of people I interviewed last week to give tips or advise for first time fur parents and this is what they have to say:

Dra. Kathleen Tiu Veterinarian at Mount Sinai Veterinary Practice
Educate yourself on what to expect when you get a dog from the internet (please do a thorough check on your sources), from experienced dog owners and a vet regarding the dog’s needs, behavior, and costs of having a dog. Having a dog is rewarding BUT it is also a responsibility.

Dra. Kat with Stardust, my furry godson

Dra. Kat with Margaux Salcedo’s puppy Stardust, my furry godson


Giannina Gonzalez Chef/Food stylist owner of Whole Pet Kitchen: Pet Deli and Bark-ery

  • Give your dog lots of training and bonding time to make sure they are not a menace to other people and can be easily taken to public places without any problems.
  • Always seek your vet’s advice, bring your dog for regular check ups, and have savings for your dog’s emergency healthcare.
  • Regarding your dog’ nutrition: get the best sustainable food for your dog. Add a bit of fresh fruits and vegetables to every meal if you feed dry kibble or canned food. Doing so will improve your dog’s chances of fighting cancer in the long run. Research about the dog’s diet by talking with other dog owners and your vet about their experiences with certain diets. Fresh meals are really the best. Always read the label of what you are feeding your dog and try to stay away from additives and preservatives.
  • Get a vet, whom you can trust, the ones that you feel have a genuine concern for your furkids and one that has a good reputation in the veterinary community.
  • Always have a PLAN B! You should know where to take your furkid in case of an emergency. Puppies have a lot of emergencies.
Giannina Gonzalez with Whole Pet Kitchen’s resident Guest Relations Officer “Mr. Jack”. She makes beautiful and delicious cakes for furkids plus natural dog food and treats!

Giannina Gonzalez with Whole Pet Kitchen’s resident Guest Relations Officer “Mr. Jack”.
She makes beautiful and delicious cakes for furkids plus natural dog food and treats!

Mr. Jack the Golden Retriever’s calling card. He is the only furkid I know who has one :)

Mr. Jack the Golden Retriever’s calling card. He is the only furkid I know who has one 🙂


Tina Isorena of Better Dog Canine Behavior Center

Make sure you have time for your furkid’s nurturing, training, supervision, and playing. Also, make sure that the entire household is involved with the furkid’s upbringing.

(From left) Tina Isorena, the author, and Brad Feliciano, taken last year when my Chowee joined a Dog Agility Competition in Clark, Pampanga.

(From left) Tina Isorena, the author, and Brad Feliciano. This was taken last year when my Chowee joined a Dog Agility Competition in Clark, Pampanga. Tina makes sure Chowee maintains his constant fluffiness through regular grooming sessions at Better Dog. Brad, on the other hand, was our teacher when we took Clicker Training also at Better Dog.

Brad Feliciano, Trainer at Better Dog Canine Behavior Center

  • Have the commitment to stick with your furkid even if the challenges hinder you from growing old together.
  • Be responsible for your furkid’s life even when they are no longer cute, has become unfriendly, unhealthy, and getting too costly to maintain. It is very heartbreaking to see a human give up on their furkid because of inconvenience.

Joe Claret, Trainer at Better Dog Behavior Center
Love your furkid no matter what and get a good support group you can trust: a vet, trainers, other fur parents to help out with your furkid’s health, well-being and education, plus other information you may need.

Having a dog is in so many ways very much like having a baby or another child.  It’s a challenging and lifelong responsibility. Just like in most relationships, you have to stay committed at all times. Your furkid lives for about 10-15 years and they love you unconditionally no matter how you treat them. They may be with us for a fraction of our lives but for them, we are their whole life! We owe it to these wonderful beings to never let them down and to be the best human companion ever.

 

Mount Sinai Veterinary Practice
(02) 551-1359
Facebook page: Mount Sinai Veterinary Practice

Whole Pet Kitchen: Pet Deli and Bark-ery
(02) 357-2753
http://www.wholepetkitchen.com
Facebook Page: Whole Pet Kitchen: Pet Deli and Bark-ery


BetterDog Canine Behavior Center
(02) 754-9963 and (02) 754-9958
Globe Mobile # (0917) 500-0039
Smart Mobile# (0919) 987-2123
Facebook Page: BetterDog Canine Behavior Center

 

*Photo: Dra. Kat Tiu of Mt. Sinai Veterinary Practice holds Stardust, furkid of writer Margaux Salcedo.

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