Basic Pet Care
Tips For Renting With Your Pet
Just because you are renting, doesn't mean you can't find the perfect home for you and your pet. With a few simple tips, and a little preparation, finding the right place for you and your furry family member will be a breeze!
Find a Pet Friendly Rental
Make sure you look for a 'pet friendly' rental. Many landlords will have specific requirements for weight and breed, and may be negotiable. You may be required to purchase renter's insurance to cover any damage caused by your pet. There will almost always be a fee associated with keeping your pet in your new abode so factor that in to your budget!
Note: Service animals and Emotional Support Animals are subject to different rules and regulations. Consult local legislation for guidance.
Create a Pet Resume
Consider creating a 'pet resume' for your pet showing evidence of regular veterinary care. Include references that can vouch for your pet's stellar behavior. This will help ease the mind of your landlord and prove your pet will be a wonderful tenant!
Protect Your Pet
There will likely be other furry friends around if you are in a pet friendly environment. Make sure your dog is protected from contagious diseases such as rabies, distemper, parvo, leptospirosis, kennel cough, and dog flu with the appropriate vaccinations. Heartworm, flea and tick prevention should be kept current as well to prevent any unwanted parasites from hitching a ride on your pet. Consult with your veterinarian to decide what lifestyle changes should be made for your pet to keep them healthy.
Provide a Safe Space
Even in a small space, your pet will need a safe haven. Set aside an area specifically for your pet including its bed, toys and a crate or pen in a place where he or she can still be close to the family. Check out more tips for pet proofing your new space.
Don't Forget Feline Friends
Renting with a cat is often easier for a landlord to accept than having a dog, but there are still considerations to be made. Make sure there is ample space for a litter box where kitty can still have some privacy. With the likelihood of other cats in the building, you should consult your veterinarian to make sure your cat is protected from contagious diseases such as feline leukemia that can be spread from contact with infected felines. Cats should be vaccinated with the core vaccines: feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, feline rhinotracheitis (also known as feline herpesvirus), and rabies. As with our canine family members, it is important to keep heartworm and flea prevention up to date to prevent an unwanted infestation or infection.
Written by Jessica Zalecki, licensed veterinary technician for 10 years and lover of furry friends big and small.
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