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  • Jessica Jimenez

Things You Didn’t Know You Needed For Your New Puppy

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Bringing home a new pup, whether just a puppy or a grown addition, should be a thrilling event. After all, you’re not just gaining a pet, you’re gaining a new family member.

But have you got all the items on your list? Have you prepared for everything?

In today's post, we are going to look at some of the necessities you’ll need when bringing home a new dog and a few others you may not have thought of.

First, let’s look at some of the basics

  • Kibble

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • Toys

  • Bed

  • Food/water bowls

  • Shampoo

  • Training pads

  • Nail clippers

  • Collar

  • Harness

  • Tags with identifying info

Now let’s look at some others that may be a less obvious:

  • Pet insurance

  • First vet visit

  • Vaccinations

  • Registration in your county

  • Microchip

  • Backseat cover for the car

  • A seat belt harness

  • Collapsible bowl for the car

  • Dog booties

  • Dog poop bags

I personally would recommend a dog seat cover if your pup is a regular passenger. This helps protect your seats from not only wear and tears, but fur, dirt and debris. A collapsible bowl that lives in the car also comes in handy.

Some things on our second list are optional, but others are mandatory. For example, licensing your dog in your county is a law in California. Another example is that your dog must be vaccinated to get your dog registered in the county. It is a requirement.

Other items I believe are important is a seatbelt harness for rides in the car. I would highly recommend getting one as it can save your dog’s life if you ever get into an automobile accident.

Final Thoughts

Bringing home a new furry family member is a momentous occasion. Make sure that you minimize stress by being prepared with both the necessities and the other items that can make your life easier in the long run, such as pet insurance.


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