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Choosing the Right Pet

When making a decision about adopting or obtaining a new family pet, there are many considerations for a person or family to use in the decision making process. The following are recommended questions for utilization in choosing your next furry family member.

Why do you want a pet? Probably the most important question that a person should consider before even starting to look
at adopting. Because "it is the thing to do", "the neighbor has one", or "the kids have really been wanting one" are NOT
valid reasons to get a pet. Pets can be with you for 10, 15 or even 20 years. These reasons generally end up being


Do you have time for a pet? You should consider your work schedule, family schedules, previous commitments, as well as

other demands for your time. Pets left home alone, for excessive, multiple time periods, can prove disasterous for both the

pet as well as their surroundings.

Can you afford a pet? On an average, people spend approximately $197 on a routine visit to their Veterinarian. Any

required surgical procedures can easily run in the $1,000 and upward range. Along with Veterinarian care, the costs

associated with feeding and everday care should be taken into consideration.

Are you prepared to deal with the special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, ticks, scratched up furniture,

"accidents" from animals that are not yet housetrained, and the unexpected medical emergencies. All of these are common

but unfortunate aspects of pet ownership.

Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities do not allow pets. Virtually all rental communities have

restrictions on types and numbers of pets allowed in their communities.

Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have extremely young children, for instance, you might want to wait a few

years before adopting a companion. Responsible pet ownership requires an environment where the children are mature

enough to be responsible. Other considerations would be if you are a student, in the military, or travel frequently. Possibly 

waiting until demands for you settle down could be wise.

Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal that you have in mind? Before acquiring a pet, do some research.
Animal size is not the only consideration to take into account. An animal's demeanor, personality, space requirements,

exercise needs, noise issues should be carefully thought out.

Who would care for your pet while out of town or on vacation? Without reliable friends or family, you will be forced to
either travel with your pet or to board it in a Veterinarian Office or Kennel. All of these options can become very cost


Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying local laws, keeping identification tags

on the pet, are all basic responsibilities. Providing love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular care by a

Veterinarian are other essentials.

Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for its entire lifetime? When you acquire a new pet, you are

making a commitment to care for the pet for its entire lifetime. This can easily become 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years.

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