Friend or Foe: How to Safely Introduce Dogs and Cats

Dog and cat play on the couch.

Wouldn’t it be great if every pet in the household got along with the rest? What if cats and dogs could come to an agreement and enjoy each other’s differences? The fact of the matter is, dogs and cats can learn to coexist without problems when given the right preparation for success. This process is important not only for keeping the peace but also for maintaining safety. 

Your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants to help create a happy, harmonious pet home through the use of these recommendations to introduce dogs and cats. Let’s go!

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Should You Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Few would argue against the irresistible cuteness of puppies and kittens, and yet too much of a good thing is, well, not a good thing at all. Contrary to what many folks think, more puppies and kittens in the world isn’t really beneficial in the long run. These animals grow up and if they’re not adopted, they are either euthanized or left homeless. 

Most pet owners do elect to spay or neuter their newly adopted pets, but the advantages go far beyond the simple fix to the overpopulation problem.

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Who Holds the Key to a Successful Pet Adoption? You Do!

pet adoptionAn experience that requires time, energy, research, and ongoing participation can end up feeling like a chore, but in the case of pet ownership, the process is incredibly rewarding. Sure, it can be perceived as a “job,” but caring for a pet, looking out for their welfare, and preparing for emergencies is at the core of pet ownership. And it can certainly be a lot of fun – starting with the right approach to pet adoption.

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Caring for an animal is a privilege. The decision to open your home and share your life with a pet must be done with the long view in mind. Many pets can live up to two decades! It’s absolutely imperative that you be prepared to provide for a pet’s needs for the length of their whole life.

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