The decision to adopt a pet can be both an exciting and stressful time, as you carefully consider which animal is right for you. The following tips can serve as a helpful guide as you navigate this decision process.
Choosing an Animal: Dog, Cat, Bird, or...
One of the first things to determine is what type of pet you want. Are you looking for a dog or a cat or perhaps an exotic animal? It’s also important to think about why you want that pet. Are you looking for a laid-back companion or an active running partner? Be sure to factor in the age and activity level of the animal to best suit your lifestyle. For example, a young Labrador retriever may not be the best match for someone seeking a calm couch potato. Shelter workers can help direct you toward the right pet for your personality.
It is extremely important to consider the financial implications of pet ownership. Owning a pet is a long-term financial commitment. It is worthwhile to consider pet insurance or an emergency fund for your animal.
You’ll want to plan ahead for the cost of food, litter boxes, toys, beds, crates, veterinary care, and training. Regular vet visits are essential to ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and disease preventatives. In the long-term, you’ll end up saving money throughout the life of the animal, and your pet will be healthier. Your veterinarian also can serve as a useful resource. Training is also important. Puppies, in particular, can benefit from socialization training. Be sure to choose a trainer who uses positive reinforcement techniques.
Pet ownership can be incredibly rewarding in many ways. Enjoy this new chapter of your life with your new companion!