Things you should consider before adopting a new pet
Why do you want a pet?
Are you committed to making a pet part of your family? Are you
ready to accept the headaches and hassles along with the love
and joy of pet companionship?
Who will be the pet's
Pets should not be left alone for long periods of time. If you
work full-time or are away from the house regularly for more than
6-7 hours at a time, you will need to consider additional caregiving
options. Pets become bored, restless and unhappy when they feel
neglected, and can sometimes resort to destructive habits to show
their unhappiness. If you or another family member can't spend
most of the day at home, you'll need to consider doggie day care,
a secondary caregiver, or a second pet.
Are you considering a puppy?
Remember that puppies take much, MUCH more time than adult dogs.
In addition to all the extra veterinary costs involved in caring
for a puppy, puppies need extensive training to become housebroken
and to grow into well-behaved, happy pooches. If you do not have
the time to adequately care for a puppy, an adult dog is the best
choice for you.
Is there room for a pet
in your home?
Dogs need plenty of space to run and play, but cannot be allowed
to run free. If you're in a small apartment or a house with a
very small yard, please consider whether you'll have time to take
your dog for long walks. Remember that indoor dogs are happy dogs!
No dog likes to be left alone outside for long periods of time,
and you should not get a dog if you are not willing to keep him/her
inside most of the time.
Can you afford a pet?
A pet is not only an investment of time, but of money as well.
According to a 1991 survey of costs, the Humane Society of the
United States determined the average cost of properly caring for
a dog from a shelter $55
Year vaccinations $200
year thereafter $65
year thereafter $50-$200
annual veterinary care $135
toys, grooming supplies $160
per visit $50
flea and tick care $80
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