1. A Competent Vet
First and foremost, you must have a vet you can go to when something is wrong. They must have your pet's complete medical history. They should be able to be reached if something were to happen. Write their number on your fridge, your diary and make sure they are on your phone.
2. A steady supply of bleach and detergent
Pets make a mess. That's inevitable. Make sure you stay clean at all times. It keeps everybody healthy.
3. Mommy Instincts
Sometimes, a vet won't even spot what's wrong until it's too late. There are times when we know something is wrong. We demand a blood test of a stool test to make sure something is not amiss. Oftentimes, this proves to be the case. It is called mommy instincts.
4. Patience of a Saint
Not all babies are born behaved. No pet is born behaved. They will try your patience and they will push the limits. It is up to you how you deal with crime and punishment.
5. Gravy in the Ref
Never underestimate the power of gravy. When your pet is sick and they don't want to eat their meds, soak it in gravy and they gobble it up. Same gos if they don't have an appetite. Season their food in gravy. Need to lure them somewhere? Use gravy!