New Pet in Des Moines? Follow these Tips on What To Do Next!

Recommended Next Steps for a New Pet Owner in Des Moines

by Erin Minor, Office Manager, Ingersoll Animal Hospital, Des Moines, IA
Article featured in the April 10th issue of CityView Magazine.

Congratulations!

Whether you’ve adopted your new friend from a shelter, spent months choosing a breeder and waiting for the right puppy or kitten, or your addition found you – you’ve got a great journey ahead of you with someone who will pay you back with more love and devotion than you could ever hope for. But what’s the next step?

Step One:

Finding a Veterinarian. It’s important to be prepared for anything when it comes to pets, and your best – and most reliable – source of information will be a good veterinarian who will be there to answer your questions and be there as a trusted member of your family’s team. Look for a clinic where both you and your pet feel comfortable. Are they friendly and welcoming? Do their hours work for your schedule? Review websites and Facebook pages for vets in your area. You have a wealth of options when it comes to vets in Des Moines so don’t hesitate to keep looking until you’ve both found a place that works for you.

Step Two:

Make an Appointment and Bring in Your Pet. Not only is it essential to pick a great veterinarian, you need to visit them! Sure, it’s great to have someone to call when your dog eats a pine cone, but don’t forget it’s important to vaccinate your pets against the diseases we can prevent. At Ingersoll Animal Hospital we also take this time to answer all your questions in-depth and go over the things you need to know for the future health of your pet. A good vet clinic won’t think twice about answering all the little questions that come up between visits.

Step Three:

Enjoy Your Pet. Every minute. We know it can be challenging when they rip up the toilet paper or take over your bed, but we love them nonetheless. And don’t forget, from puppy training to litter box trouble, we’re here to help. Welcome to many happy years filled with the kind of affection and admiration that can only come from a pet!

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