It’s hard enough to find the right home to rent, but to find your pets will be accepted too is not something to be taken for granted. As a tenant, you’ve paid your pet deposit and arranged for any monthly fees, but you still want to be sure your much-loved four-legged family members will not cause any damage that will prevent future tenants from enjoying the same benefits.

Keep your pets pest-free

Not only should vaccinations be kept up to date, but also monthly flea and tick treatments. Some dog owners may let flea application slide, especially if they have not had a problem with these pests in the past. Once they get inside the house and the carpeting, fleas multiply very quickly. Some animals are also allergic to fleas, which only leads to more expense treating the home plus the cost of medication. Maintain regular visits to the veterinarian so that your pet remains healthy and enjoys his new home.

Be considerate of your neighbors

There’s nothing worse than lying in bed and not able to sleep at night because the dog next door is outside and barking. Be considerate and bring your pet indoors before bed and when you are not at home. This will not only avoid bad feelings with your neighbors but will also keep your dog happier. You are responsible for maintaining control of any animal living in your home whether you are taking it for a walk in the neighborhood or allow a pet to spend time in the backyard.

Take steps to prevent indoor damage

Whether your favorite pet is a hamster, a cat or a dog, be alert to any accidents on rugs or flooring and deal with it immediately. Always have a bottle of floor stain and odor cleaner on hand so that any odors or stains can be eliminated. If you know your dog will have separation anxiety when you leave the house, don’t wait for him to chew on a kitchen cabinet or scratch up a door. Teach your dog to expect to go into a crate while you are away to prevent any property damage.

Don’t forget that like humans, your pet can get stressed out when moving to a new environment. Make the transition as smooth as possible by giving it some extra attention and don’t leave him home alone until you know he has adjusted to his new surroundings.