Adopting a pet is an exciting life adjustment. Many people have adopted a pet for the first time during the pandemic. Below are some tips that will help first-time pet owners navigate this new experience during an unprecedented time.



Socializing your pet is especially difficult when you’re supposed to social distancing. But, socialization is necessary for your pet’s happiness. Make sure you take your dog outside frequently. Gently expose them to other unfamiliar things such as vacuums or the noise of traffic. Read more tips about how to socialize your dog in quarantine here.  


Avoid Creating Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can manifest as chewing, digging, pacing, barking, or worse. It can become severe enough that a pet injures themself in an attempt to escape. It’s important that your new pet is comfortable being left alone. Create a cozy, safe environment for your pet and leave the house without them for periods of time. This will help prevent separation anxiety. 


Pet Food

Resist the temptation to spoil your first pet by overfeeding them. It is important to make sure that your pet is eating the right amount of food. In addition, feed your pet at the same time each day to establish a routine. 


Schedule Veterinary Appointments

In the event that your pet is sick or injured, you may be wary about taking them to a veterinary center in these uncertain times. Luckily, we are open and ready to serve your pet. To ensure the safety of both staff and clients, we have implemented curbside check-in and discharge. Book an appointment today.


Physical Activity

Pets can exhibit destructive behaviors when they have excess amounts of energy. Taking your dog for a walk is a great way for you and your furry friend to incorporate exercise into your day. Best of all, keeping your pet physically active throughout the pandemic can improve their overall health. 

Are you interested in owning a pet for the first time? If so, consider adopting an animal from Anicira. Visit our website or give us a call at 540-437-1980 to get more information about our adoption process.