If you have taken a pet in from an owner that didn't take care of them properly, you want to start by caring for the animal's physical health. There are things that you will want to do right away to make sure that the pet isn't in danger, or in critical condition, and to make sure that it's safe for you to have the pet inside your home.
There are a lot of different things that you will want to consider, and getting the animal healthy with professional care, improved diet, and appropriate attention is a great place to start. Schedule the following things.
The pet needs to be seen by a veterinary professional to make sure that it is in good health and safe to be around. The animal will get a physical examination to look at the overall health of the pet's weight, coat, paws, teeth, eyes, and more. You should also bring a fresh stool sample from the animal so it can be tested. If there are major concerns, the veterinarian may order blood work.
Spay or Neuter
If the pet is of age, get the animal spayed or neutered. You don't want the pet to end up multiplying and bringing more pets into the world. There are also many health complications that can occur when pets aren't spayed or neutered at an appropriate age.
Some genders and species of pets can also roam or be aggressive because of a lack of neutering or spaying. Get this done to keep your pet safe and to control the pet population. There are some clinics that do these weekly. Contact an animal spay office near you to learn more about this service.
A pet that has not been cared for properly may need professional grooming to help with matting, odors, fleas, and more. Make an appointment to have the pet's fur treated, along with nail clipping, teeth cleaning, and anything else that the pet may need.
Once you have taken the pet to have all these things completed, you'll know what care the animal may need. Getting the pet spayed or neutered is something that is going to benefit the pet immediately and down the road, so be sure to get this scheduled and completed.
Taking in a pet that needs love and care can be a great addition to your family. Before bringing the pet into your home, be sure the pet is healthy and ready to move in.