What you need to do before introducing a new pet into your home when you have other pets

It’s always exciting to adopt a new pet, but things can get tricky if you have any other pets that may have already staked their claim in your home. If you want your furry friends to become best pals, or at least get along, you need to take things slow.

Dr. Evan Antin, voted the Sexiest Veterinarian Alive by PEOPLE magazine and star of Animal Planet’s show "Evan Goes Wild," suggests first introducing your pets in a neutral space.

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#MyThreeRescues 🐶😾😽💗 Providing sanitary conditions is one of the #1 most important aspects of maintaining a successful animal shelter and even being a good pet parent at home. @Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach has been used for many years to wipe out parvovirus, distemper virus, infectious bacterial pathogens and more for that reason - it's effective & trustworthy. Viral pathogens like distemper and parvovirus are often fatal to puppies/dogs and preventing or eradicating them from an environment is necessary to help prevent disease occurrence or spread of disease. FYI A dog recovering from distemper can spread the virus for up to 2-3 months and Parvovirus can live in the environment for 6-12 months! Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach is effective at killing infectious culprits and safe to use around pets when done so responsibly. Of course my #1 recommendation to prevent these diseases in our puppies/kittens is to vaccinate them. PLEASE DO vaccinate your pets, it's unfair to them & unfair to other pets they interact with if you don’t. #CloroxCleanUp #clean #diseasefree #responsible #petparent #infectious #disease #nojoke
Working with wildlife, even in captivity, is far different than working with domesticated animals. Josie here at the @inkaterrahotels Spectacled Bear Project tolerates her caretakers fine but she's still wild and unpredictable and has never met me before this interaction here. I find that when working with animals the key to "communicating" with them is really all about "listening" to them. And by that I mean watching their behaviors, gestures, mannerisms, vocalizations (and having an idea of what those translate to), etc. Josie was showing me absolutely zero signs of overtly aggressive or stressed or threatened behaviors on her end and genuinely seemed comfortable in my presence. I had previously fed her a tasty juice treat in a water bottle (my previous post) so I had a chance to establish a positive association regarding our interaction at that time. 'Bear' in mind I was still on the other side of a fence from Josie so if she did decide to pursue me aggressively I could always simply back off. It also helps that she can do the same and the truth is that for most (NOT all...but most...) wildlife- if they are stressed or threatened by your presence they will seek refuge and make every attempt to get away from you. Cornering wildlife, where they have no escape, is a great way to get yourself into a terrible situation. But before it ever gets to that point try to assess the behaviors of an animal and if there are stressed/threatening gestures (i.e. hair raising, upright/broad posturing, certain vocalizations, head-down, teeth baring, etc) then, for your own good, back TF off! The truth is that this notion can apply to domesticated animals as well. I'm fortunate to say that I think I have a natural instinct to read animals but much of my ability to do so has been learned by lots of experience too. Tag your animal whisperer friends and tune in to @animalplanet tonight to watch the #EvanGoesWild finale at 9p E/P 🐻👊 #peru #bear #wildlife #conservation #listentotheanimals @inkaterrahotels
Happy #WorldVeterinaryDay ‼️ I love what I do and I'm extremely fortunate to practice veterinary medicine exactly how I want to; I get to work on patients at @conejovet near Los Angeles AND I get to travel the world and work with wildlife and exotics and even domesticated animals around the world. I'm living my dream and counting my lucky stars every single day 😌🙏. However, it's also a good time to shed light on some brutal realities of being a veterinarian... 1️⃣ Debt:Income Ratio - It's substantial in this field. Average school debt is well > $150k and many students graduate with > $300k! With average starting salaries ~$60k you can be sure this will take decades to pay off and the interest accrued really adds up. 2️⃣ Work:Life Balance - Good luck finding a convenient 9-5 position, they're not common in this field. Many vets work long hours, weekends, swing shifts (aka ~4p-midnight) and overnights. 3️⃣ Pet Owner Skepticism - Sadly, many people think that when their vets recommend diagnostics and/or treatments these vets are trying to "take their money." FYI you don't become a vet for the money. In my experience I would say nearly 99% of vets are not trying to scam you, they just want the best for you pet. Like any industry, there's POS vets but trust me, they're rare. 4️⃣ Compassion Fatigue - Countless cases of pet/animal abuse, illness, neglect, owner-ignorance, and euthanasia can really take a toll on a person. Vets are amongst the most compassionate people in society and even they have a breaking point and sadly, many of them get to that point. 5️⃣ Suicide - Depression & anxiety (incorporated with the reasons above) is real and FYI veterinarians are 3.5x more likely to end their lives compared to the general population. All that being said there's countless joys in being a vet and I can thank this profession to giving me many of the most rewarding moments of my life since graduating from @csuvethospital . I don't want to discourage anyone from pursuing this career but, like any profession, it's best to know what you're getting into. Follow your heart, make a calculated decision, and best of luck to all 🤘. #vet #veterinary #real #truth #passion
I couldn’t wait until #Caturday! I’ve been getting a lot of requests to make another video of my pets so this is for you 😽! This one’s also for all you cat-lovers & cat-owners that have a #FurFang baby that doesn’t show you nearly as much love as you show them 🤗😾😫😂. Tag your cat friends that can relate to mine/Blue’s relationship. 🎶: @southpark Featuring Puff @diddy #cattitude #not #gratitude #hellcat #blucifer #demonclaws #felinefury #lovehate #cat #catman #iwoulddoanythingfurlove #butiwontdocat #😻 @cats_of_instagram @catsdoingthings @cats_of_world_
Happy #EarthDay from Henry and I! We’re teaming up with the @leonardodicapriofdn to ask all of our fellow earth-fans one small favor! Please sign the #GlobalDealForNature petition (link in bio) urging governments around the world to protect half of our land and seas so we can ensure a sustainable, healthy planet for the future! Currently only 15% of land and 5% of oceans are protected around the world and unfortunately that’s not nearly enough. If you can do just one small deed for Earth Day 2019 this is it. Takes 2 seconds and together we can sincerely make a difference‼️ Thank you all 🙏🌎🌍🌏🤘 #saveourplanet #sign #makeadifference #🙏 @leonardodicaprio
Celebrating #NationalPetDay in style! Thank you @bideawee for introducing me to a few of your absurdly adorable puppies today 🤗🐶😆! If you’re in the NYC area and looking to adopt plz contact them, again, @bideawee ‼️ They rescue and find homes for tons of dogs every year! These 2 munchkins came up from #PuertoRico and omg they made my day 💕. #adoptdontshop #rescue #mansbestfriend #NYC #🙏
#tbt Str8 thuggin in #puertorico with these gangsta$ last month. QUESTION: Which of these #koldbloodedkillaz is NOT native to Puerto Rico? The turtle or the toad? #PR #turtleORtoad #allin4pr and #herp4life #🐢 #🐸 (even tho pictured here is turtles and a toad, not tortoises and a frog #closeenough 😅😜).
Felt good to see patients back at @conejovet today! And is it just me or does it look like this black lab does NOT share my enthusiasm?? Tag your apathetic friend for the day and see if they care? Or don’t tag anyone, maybe YOU are the apathetic one 🤯...🤣🤪. #vet #veterinary #dog #black #lab #dontgiveaf #🙄
My cats love their @purina wet food and 5 out of 6 of the first ingredients in Pro Plan diets are animal proteins (the 6th being water) which is super important for obligate carnivores! It's also important to incorporate some wet food into every cat’s diet 😸! Did you know wet food: 1️⃣. Increases general hydration which is healthy for moving nutrients through the body, joint health, metabolic function, and regulating body temperature. 2️⃣. Is high in protein which promotes lean muscle mass. 3️⃣. And is a complete and balanced meal, not just a treat. And cat-owners should be aware that cats often consume the bare minimum amount of water they need. Cats also require a high protein content in their diet. Minimal water + high protein is hard work on a cat's kidneys and chronic renal disease (aka chronic kidney disease) is very common in older cats. Did you know the average cat only gets about 0.15 ml of water with every lap of their tongue at the water bowl? FYI the average cat also needs ~100 ml of water every day. That's 667 tongue lickylicks at the water bowl per day! DISCLAIMERS‼️: 1. Wet food does not replace water, ALWAYS have fresh water for your cats. 2. Dry food has it's benefits too and is also important for regular consumption. #cat #catman #wetfoodtoo #ad #"Lickylicks"isnotamedicalterm #Notsureif"TongueLaps"iseitherthough
ANSWER: BINTURONG ✅ AKA the Asian Bear Cat! Tag your fav #BearCat and wish them a #happyvalentinesday 🐻😽💕. The binturong is related to animals in the #viveridae family which includes other old world mammals you may have never heard of like the genet, civet, fossa, and linsang. Thanks for playing and don’t let V day lead to VD 👨🏻‍⚕️😜. #binturong #viveridae #philippines #guesstheanimal #wildlife #conservation #💖
I still can’t believe #EvanGoesWild premieres in just TWO WEEKS on @animalplanet 🤘😆🤘 This moment was one of my absolute fav animal encounters 😁🐆...baby Jaguar! It was my first time working with them and having the opportunity to vet on adult Jaguars was a dream come true 😊. Jaguars are the 3rd largest cat in the world (1. Tiger, 2. Lion) and often kill prey by crushing a prey animal’s skull above the back of the neck. On top of remarkable bite force these cats are incredibly strong, fast, & stealthy and can effectively hunt from the trees, land, and water. Basically the jaguar is the ultimate predator 😼😅. Jaguars look similar to leopards but jags are New World (North, Central, and South America) and Leopards are old world (Africa). The “rosettes” or spots of these 2 cats are similar but also distinguished because jaguars have a spot in the middle of the rosette and leopards do not. Can’t wait to share more from this episode!!! #blackjaguar #panthera #bigcat #wildlife #conservation #2weeks #😻
Who can’t resist a big malamute FACE 🤗🐺💙 Tag your teddy bear buddy 🐻🤙 @conejovet #malamute #basicallyateddybear
My SECRET PROJECT: I can FINALLY share 🤩!!!! “Evan Goes Wild” premieres on ANIMAL PLANET on Sunday February 24th at 9p ET/PT 😆🐊😋🐘🤗🐆😁 I still kinda can’t believe this is even real because I’ve been dreaming & seriously working towards having a TV show on a network like @animalplanet where I can share wildlife conservation and veterinary medicine around the world ever since I was 21 years old. My dreams have come true and all the years of hard work have paid off and now I get to tell everyone to check out my new series on @animalplanet 😆☺️. It’s been an absolute trip filming these last few months and I can’t wait for you guys to see it!!! You’ll see me in 4 different continents working with some of my FAV animals in this first season and hopefully many more to come 🙏🙊! Please tune in and I’ll def remind you when it airs on 2/24. Thank you all for being patient and supportive and awesome! Can’t wait for you to see it!!! #EvanGoesWild #dreamscometrue #staytuned #💚
Happy New Years from another concerned puppy and I 🎉🤘😃. I can confidently say that 2018 has been one of the best and most memorable years in my life. I launched my product line @happypetbrand , I’ve gotten to work on wildlife in almost 10 different countries around the world, a loooongstanding professional dream of mine came true (and I know I keep saying this BUT I CAN NOT WAIT TO SHARE WITH YOU GUYS!!! I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but if it was my choice I would’ve shouted it on top of a mountain like 2 months ago 😆), I’m still happily employed at one of so-cal’s finest animal hospitals @conejovet , and most importantly YOU ALL have given me the opportunity to share my passion and raise awareness for veterinary medicine, animal education and of course wildlife conservation! I could not be more blessed. I could not be more happy. I could not be more thankful. I am truly living my dreams and can not imagine doing this life any other way. I love you all and I’m wishing all the best for your 2019 💗. #HNY #2018wasepic #letsmake2019evenmoreepic #thankyouforthesupport
Omg plz tag a clever friend to MEME this kitteh! @conejovet #garfield #🙀
#ILoveMonitors because they’re like little Godzillas 🦖🤗! This gorgeous girl is a #BengalMonitor and these beefy lizards can be found all over #SriLanka (as pictured here), India, and Southern Asia. Monitor lizards are among the most intelligent reptiles and, as many animals that are highly food-motivated, they can be trained to do quite a number of things. In research settings certain monitor species have shown to use insight when hunting/foraging for food! What I mean by that is they can actually think about effective ways to acquire their prey beyond their instincts of just biting and swallowing prey items. for instance if a food item (i.e. a roach) is placed inside a hole that the lizard can’t access with his head/mouth he will stick his lil’ monitor hand into the hole to scoop the roach out of the hole and then eat it. Now that may sound like a very simple solution to you or I but that behavior actually requires some higher level thinking that many other reptiles or lower vertebrates would not be able to figure out 🤓🦎! Another reason I like monitors so much is because they seem extra exotic to me. They’re only found in the old world in Africa 🌍, Asia & Australia 🌏, far lands from my home base near LA, California 🌎. Monitors are active, roving predators seeking out their prey. Bengals Monitor food includes invertebrates (=no backbone) like insects, snails, and scorpions and sometimes vertebrates (=yes backbone) like small rodents, lizards, amphibians, and small birds. #lizard #wildlife #reptile #herp #monitorsalwaysmakemyday!
#NailTrim at @tiger_tops in #Chitwan National Park during my stay in Nepal last week. Just like cats and dogs, certain “claws”/nails can get less wear from walking which can lead to their overgrowth. Trimming these overgrown nails in elephants is very important to avoid asymmetry with weight bearing in their feet and secondary orthopedic issues or nail issues. The middle nail of an elephant tends to get less wear and therefore needs the most frequent trimming. And btw, this is far more challenging on an awake elephant compared to an awake dog or cat hahaha. We also need to act fast because an elephant laying on her side leads to an excessive amount of pressure on her dependent-side chest/lung field (= the side that closest to the ground) as well as unnecessary pressure on other organs. This is also dangerous for me as something as simple as a flick of her wrist can send me flying when I’m working on her😅. Luckily this Ellie was a sweetheart and we got the job done. #nepal #asiatic #elephant #pachydermicure
Milky baby Serval face! #serval #southafrica #kitteh #😆 #😼
#HappyEaster 🐰🐣🦆💙! Just another reminder to please think twice and do your research before acquiring a new pet (i.e. bunny rabbit, chicken, pigs, ducks, etc.)! Every Easter thousands of new pets are relinquished at rescues because of people making this mistake... Taking on a new life is never something that should be done for impulsive reasons or without knowing what you're getting into. And I almost NEVER recommend gifting an animal/pet unless the recipient is fully expecting and prepared to take on this new responsibility. EVERY animal has specific, unique needs/diets/space-requirements, and so on and when a new pet owner is not prepare to provide these things that's where we run into trouble and you have to see me or your local vet for something that very well may have been preventable. Since today is Easter and maybe you or someone you know has a new pet - please, please do your research if you haven't already so you can best care for this new life. Having pets is a privilege and something that always has been and will be a part of my life so I don't intend to shame pet-ownership. Just do it the right way so your little fur/feather/scale-babies can have a long, healthy, happy life! I live for the human:animal bond I share with my pets and other people's pets 🐱🐭🐽🐍🐶🐢🐥🦜🦔🦎🐹🐠🐀! FYI one of the first steps of new pet-ownership is a visit with your local veterinarian! Your vet can examine your new animal, make sure they're healthy & ensure their care is on the right track. #pet #care #research #basics #humananimalbond #🐰 @conejovet
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"It depends on the individual animal, sometimes you can get away with throwing them right into the mix and they'll be fine with it, but I don't recommend it," he said. "What I recommend, to be on the safe side, is gradual progressive introductions."

By this he explained first introducing them outside of the home (like at a park), as some pets, especially dogs, can be territorial. 

"Once they met each other on neutral ground, then you can bring them both home for more introductions. I'd start with [keeping] them on opposite sides of the house, maybe let them smell each other a little bit. Then, I'd have them a little bit closer—I'd have them separated by a door, where they can smell and be near each other under the bottom of the door. Then, maybe replace the door with a fence, where they can actually see each other," he said.

Dr. Antin further explained that this process could take anywhere from a few days to two weeks, depending on your pets. However, while doing this, you'll want to create positive associations with the new animal for both parties by giving each of them treats and positive reinforcement.

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Once you can tell they're ready, curious about each other and being sweet to one another, you can let them fully live in the same space. Ideally, using this technique, they'll become best buddies, but Dr. Antin says that it doesn't always work out that way and not to be discouraged.

"My cats didn't like each other the first time they met to be quite honest, and now they're best friends," he said. "They have a total bromance—they groom each other and play all the time, it's adorable."

Aside from taking care of his cats (and dog, plus a couple reptiles) at home, as well as exotic animals on TV, Dr. Antin is working with Clorox to raise awareness on how bleach can help prevent the spread of nasty diseases like parvovirus and canine distemper virus between animals, particularly in dog adoption shelters. For safe cleaning around pets, he uses a half cup of regular Clorox bleach diluted with 3/4 gallon of water (with a contact time of 10 minutes), or Clorox's Clean-Up All-Purpose Cleaner spray

You can catch more of Dr. Antin's tips and experiences with exotic animals on "Evan Goes Wild" on Animal Planet here.

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Super sniffer

Don’t even try to hide treats from your dog. His nose knows you have them. Just don’t let him get his paws on any foods dogs can’t eat. Dogs’ sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than that of humans. Just how powerful is that? As James Walker, former director of the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University, told PBS, "If you make the analogy to vision, what you and I can see at a third of a mile, a dog could see more than 3,000 miles away and still see as well."

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Internal storm tracker

There are some weather myths you shouldn’t believe, like lightning never strikes the same place twice. But here’s one you should never doubt: Dogs can sense when bad weather is coming. Researchers don’t have an exact explanation—maybe your pet actually is a superhero!—but they have some theories. Dogs are sensitive to drops in barometric pressure that come with severe storms, and they can hear low frequencies that humans can’t, like far-off thunder and earthquake rumbles. You shouldn’t solely rely on your pet over meteorologists, but don’t let their weird behavior go unnoticed. It could save your life.

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Secret tail code

As if having an extra extremity wasn’t cool to begin with, dogs can also use their tails to communicate. (This is what your pet secretly wants you to know.) They lower their tails when they feel scared or nervous. When they’re alert or aroused, the tails wag higher. If a pooch is aggressive or feeling threatened, that tail will stick straight up in the air. Plus, dogs can tell how other canines are feeling based on what direction they wag in. Italian researchers discovered that dogs became more anxious when they saw others wag their tails to the left, as opposed to the right side or not at all. Previous studies showed that left-leaning tail wagging was a result of a dog having a negative experience, like facing a nasty dog.

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Doggy diagnosis

Dogs and humans know how to take care of each other. You look out for the signs that your dog is sick, and dogs can tell when you’re not 100 percent healthy, sometimes even before you know it. Thanks to their powerful sense of smell, dogs can pick up on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in human bodies, which include diseases like cancer. In 2006, dogs trained at the In Situ Foundation were able to detect lung cancer with 97 percent accuracy and breast cancer with 88 percent accuracy, just by sniffing breath samples from patients. Those are better results than needle biopsies.

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Telepathy

Well, kind of. Dogs can’t exactly read your mind, but they do know how you’re feeling. In a study published in Biology Letters, researchers showed dogs photos faces displaying different emotions while also playing an audio clip that showed a distinct emotion. What’s interesting is that the dogs looked at the face that corresponded to the type of voice that was being played, like a mad face when the audio clip was an angry voice. So your pet may not be able to process the words “You ate all of my cereal?!” like humans can, but she can definitely use your facial expressions and tone to pick up that you’re not in a great mood.

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Empathy

Yes, empathy is a superpower (one that humans can harness with a few exercises!). Not only do dogs and pups understand your feelings, but they can also empathize with you, according to a report from Psychology Today. Psychologists from Goldsmiths College in London conducted the same study on 18 dogs: Each dog would watch while their owner sat across from a stranger. The two individuals would take turns talking normally, humming in an unusual pattern, and pretending to cry. The psychologists reasoned that when their owners cried, the pets would lay on them, nuzzle, lick, or otherwise try to comfort them. But the dogs ended up also comforting the crying strangers, even though they had no emotional connection, just because they saw that they were distressed. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all empathized like dogs?

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Built-in GPS

You’ve probably heard stories about pets that found their way home despite terrible odds and long distances. For instance, this cat broke out of a shelter to go back to his rescuer. But once again, dogs’ noses are a crucial part of their uncanny sense of direction. They are able to follow their own scent trails for miles to retrace their steps, and if the wind is right, they can even use their owners’ scent as well, TIME reported.

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Sonic hearing

While we meager humans can only hear sounds up to 20,000 Hz (vibrations per second), dogs can hear up to 60,000 Hz. Dogs’ large ears are on the top of their heads, prime real estate to pick up noises humans miss. Plus, they have about 18 ear muscles, which allow them to rotate, tilt, and raise their ears to get an amplified sound. If you thought these household noises were annoying, just think of how much they bother your pooch!

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Night vision

Our eyes get more accustomed to darkness the longer we’re exposed to it. (That’s why you should never turn on the lights if you hear an intruder.) Dogs, on the other hand, have eyes that are made to automatically see well in the dark. Their large pupils let more light in, and the rods in their eyes work better in dim light. But the biggest factor is the tapetum, which reflects light at the back of the eye. That helps them see in light that’s five times dimmer than what humans need to see clearly.

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Super speed

Take it from us: You don’t want to challenge your dog to a race. On average, canines clock in at about 19 miles per hour, but many can go over 35 mph if they’re running in short spurts. The fastest dog breed is the greyhound, which can reach 45 mph. To compare, the fastest humans can only run 28 mph. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t run, though. It can make you live longer.

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The best prescription ever

Just being in the presence of a dog can make you healthier. Petting dogs can reduce stress, help your body release a relaxation hormone, and lower blood pressure (which, in turn, reduces your risk for heart disease.) Studies have also shown that pet owners are generally happier and more trusting. Plus, they go to the doctor less frequently for minor problems.

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