People often get an animal on impulse, if they can’t resist them, or maybe have been given a pet as a present and it comes as a surprise into their life. Pets offer unconditional love and add joy to our lives, but they are a significant responsibility. If you have been thinking about getting a pet, ask yourself these important questions:
Do I Have Time For A Pet?
No matter how much you love animals, getting a pet is not a good idea if you are rarely home. Pets need human companionship and care. There are other ways if you want to indulge your love for animals, such as volunteering at a Shelter or offering to walk or take care of friend’s pets; joining organisations such as Riding for the Disabled; helping at Pony Clubs. So there are other ways that you can get the benefits of interacting with pets without the responsibility of ownership. Remember also that pets may have a long lifespan and so their care can span 10-20 years in some cases. With ownership of a pet, one must have consideration if you know that there will soon be changes in personal circumstances, for example a baby has been planned, overseas travel perhaps or starting University (parents are left caring for the pet commonly).
Are my children old enough for a pet?
Most young children love pets but aren’t always gentle with them. If they hurt the pet inadvertently the animal may bite or scratch your child if it feels threatened. If you won’t be able to provide constant supervision for your child and pet, wait a few years until he or she is a little older.
Does the pet you choose fit your lifestyle or stage in life?
Too many times we see breeds of dogs not suited to a particular home, for example a Rottweiler with an elderly lady or a Kelpie working dog on a small section in town with nobody home to exercise the dog daily. Even the species of pet should be thought about as regards to a humans health , for example some people are allergic to long hair cats, or dogs that shed a lot (such as Jack Russell) and you may want the pet indoors, so a poodle would be more suitable. Advice on particular breeds of dogs and cats is easily obtained by ringing us or calling into the clinic, we can also explain the most common health problems associated with breeds.
Can I afford a Pet?
Caring for a pet isn’t cheap. In addition to food, supplies and toys, you’ll also need to budget for yearly veterinary care including vaccinations to keep them healthy. Pet Insurance can help you manage the costs of accidents, illnesses, teeth cleaning and surgeries. There are a number of different companies that offer Insurance and we have brochures available at both clinics. Also you may want to discuss the financial commitments involved in pet care with the clinic to have a better understanding of what that may be, for basic care and affordability.