Please consider these points before choosing a pet:
Are you ready to take care of a pet financially?
There are numerous costs involved in owning a pet:
- Spaying and neutering costs
- Vaccination costs every year
- Cost of good food for a healthy pet
- Flea control medication
- Emergency veterinarian costs
Have you investigated the true financial costs of ownership? This includes the costs of housing/fencing, feeding, grooming, training, basic preventive medical procedures (vaccinations, de-worming, neutering/spaying), non-elective veterinary medical care for treating disease or accidental injuries and dental care.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK:
- What species and why?
- What breed, and have you done your homework to know a breed’s particular needs?
- Are you prepared for the time, training and care that is needed for a kitten or puppy? Or should you get an older pet?
- What kind of time do you have to spend/invest with your pet, now and later?
- Who will be the primary caretaker? Is this person capable, mature enough, physically able, and willing to undertake this task?
- What are each family member’s attitudes towards getting a pet? Is there consensus on the type? Has your family discussed the role of each member in caring for the new pet?
- Are there any allergies among the family members that could be affected by the pet?
IS YOUR HOME PET READY?
- Does the home have a yard? Is it “Pet Ready”?
- Have you puppy/kitten proofed the indoors.
- If you are adopting a dog or puppy, is your yard fenced?
- What happens when you go on vacation? Does the pet accompany you, go to a boarding facility, or do you get a pet-sitter?
OK, YOU’RE READY!
This list of considerations may seem a little daunting to anyone caught up in the excitement and anticipation of a new pet. If the time is taken to think about these questions, discuss the answers with all the family members, research and prepare the home for the new arrival, there is a high probability the pet will become a integral and loved member of the family.
It is true, the more you put into something the more you will get back, and when that reward is a devoted pet, life doesn’t get much better!