New Pet Checklist: List of Essentials

Posted by Dr. Jessica Herman on

New Pet Checklist: List of Essentials

The thing no one tells you about pet ownership: pets have a lot of stuff. It’s not just food and water bowls. 

Whether your new pet is already home or you’re waiting to pick them up, here’s a new pet checklist to make sure you both have what you need.  

Regardless of what kind of pet you have, supplies generally fall into a few categories: nutrition, grooming, home and comfort, and safety. 



  • Food (dry and/or wet)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Vitamins and Supplements
  • Treats



  • Shampoo
  • Brushes and combs
  • Nail clippers
  • Wipes
  • Toothpaste

Home and Comfort

  • Beds
  • Potty training pads/litter boxes
  • Crates and Gates
  • Toys


  • Leashes and leads
  • I.D. Tags
  • Updated microchip
  • Vaccination records from your vet
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