By Dr. Shivangi Raina*

As a veterinarian, I have seen numerous new pet owners come through my doors, filled with excitement and love for their new furry friend. While pets bring immeasurable joy and happiness to our lives, they also come with their own set of challenges. As a professional, I’d like to share some of the biggest challenges new pet owners face and how they can overcome them.

Potty Training: Potty training is often the first challenge that new pet owners face. It can be a frustrating experience, but it is important to be patient and consistent in your training approach. Reward-based training methods, such as treats and praise, can be very effective in encouraging good behaviour. It is also important to establish a consistent routine for feeding, playing and potty breaks to help your pet understand when it is time to go.

Separation Anxiety: Some pets, especially those who have just been adopted, may experience separation anxiety when their owners leave them alone. This can result in destructive behaviour, excessive barking or whining, and even depression. To overcome this challenge, it is important to gradually acclimate your pet to being alone by leaving them alone for short periods of time and gradually increasing the duration. Providing toys and treats can also help keep your pet occupied while you are away.

Behavioural Issues: Pets, like humans, can develop behavioural issues for a variety of reasons. Common issues include aggression, excessive barking, chewing and jumping. To overcome these challenges, it is important to seek professional help from a veterinarian or animal behaviourist. They can help you identify the underlying cause of the behaviour and develop a tailored training plan to help your pet overcome their issues.

Health Problems: Pets, just like humans, can suffer from health problems. As a new pet owner, it is important to be vigilant for signs of illness or injury and seek veterinary care promptly. Regular check-ups, vaccinations and preventative care can help keep your pet healthy and prevent many common health problems.

Cost: Pet ownership can be costly sometimes, especially when it comes to veterinary care and other necessities like food, toys and grooming supplies. To overcome this challenge, it is important to plan for the costs associated with pet ownership and budget accordingly. Consider pet insurance or a pet savings account to help cover unexpected veterinary expenses.

Although the pet ownership comes at a cost, however, an inexpensive and nutritious option to consider for food and meals is Drools! Because at Drools, we cater to all your pets’ nutritional needs at economic prices, keeping your pets as well as your well-being in mind.

In conclusion, pet ownership can be incredibly rewarding, but it does come with its own set of challenges. By being prepared and seeking professional help when needed, new pet owners can overcome these challenges and enjoy the love and joy that their pets bring to their lives. We at Drools want the best for you and your pets at all times. That’s why we have knowledgeable vets in our teams who are always here to help, so do not hesitate to reach out to us for advice and support!

*(BVSc & AH, Mumbai Veterinary College) Product Executive Manager (Vet-Pro) Drools Pet Food Pvt. Ltd.

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