Getting ready to adopt a pet? Hold on until the preparations are in order

Carrier: Carrying animals back in flimsy cardboard boxes, sacks, plastic covers or in your hands is life-threatening to the pet. Before visiting the shelter, take along an animal carrier (available at pet accessories stores or veterinary clinics) that has a firm latch and plenty of breathing space. The carrier will come in handy during future doctor visits if you have a cat.

Dedicated bowls: Pets like to have their own food and water bowls placed in the same spot for familiarity and comfort. Stainless steels with a special identifying sticker will serve the purpose.

Collar and leash with your contact info: If you are taking home a pup or dog, it is best to immediately collar him upon adoption. A steel name tag with your phone number will help a finder return your pet to you in the unfortunate event that he goes missing.

Emergency numbers: Keep the numbers of two trusted veterinarians handy for potential emergencies or clarifications, after getting the reference from another pet owner who has had good experiences with these doctors.Playthings and chew toys: These items should be purchased strictly after veterinary guidance depending on the age of the pet – they are especially helpful for puppies in the chew stage.

Lining for your car seat: Transporting pets by bike is a dangerous affair - autos or cars are preferable. If you're using a car, consider lining it with newspapers or old clothes to protect the car seat. Many animals are terrified during their first car rides and might get car sick.

Permission: Make sure no one in your family signed a no-pet clause while moving into your accommodation (if it's a rented place) and that every family member has given you the green signal for adoption.

SRIYA NARAYANAN

(If you've ticked all the items on the list and are ready for the big step, get in touch with Animal Care Trust Mangalore at 0824 6511053 or 9243304577)

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