Choosing the Right Pet
Adopting a new pet into your home and family is a big decision. Or, it should be. For many of us, the pets we adopt become our best friends and closest companions, so it’s only natural that we want the best pet possible. Likewise, as pet owners we need to know that we can meet our pet’s needs and give them the best possible life, too. Here are a few things to consider when adopting a pet…
No Impulse Shopping
Don’t add a long-term family member to your home on a whim. Take the time to find the best pet for you, your family, and your lifestyle. The consequences of an impulse pet adoption can be heartbreaking.
Do Your Homework
Take the time to learn about the type and breed of pet you are considering and what their specific needs are. Once you know what you’re looking for, shop around and get to know the pets that might fit the bill. This can take time, but it’s worth it. Many of the best pets can take some “getting-to-know-you time,” making a quick decision impractical.
Consider Your Lifestyle
What kind of time are you able to commit to your pet? Is your personal and professional life pet friendly? Are you gone a lot during the day or night? Then a pet who is more independent may be a better match than one who is need of constant companionship. Also consider the age and maturity of any children you may have and how that relationship will grow as well.
Consider Your Space
How much space do you have, and how much space does your potential new pet need to thrive? Don’t just consider the indoor space, but the outdoor space as well—especially for dogs. Exercise, elimination, and safety are all factors to consider.
Think About Why You Want a Pet
We all have different reasons for wanting a pet in our life. Think about your reasons are, and choose a pet that can best meet those needs. We are happy to consult with you on this, if need be.
When you’re choosing a pet, consider the cost of ownership. Not just the adoption fee, but the life costs as well. Food is a major consideration (how much can you afford in pet food per-month?), as is proper wellness and veterinary care, licensing, and living costs (such as pet deposits if you’re a renter). Some breeds have very distinct health concerns that should be factored into your decision, and you should be aware of that potential when taking on that breed. Don’t commit to a pet you can’t properly care for.
Finally, when you’re considering adoption, timing is everything. Pets crave stability, especially when entering a family. This means that the holidays are often not the ideal time to adopt.
The chaos and commotion of Christmas, a birthday, or other event may be very hard on your new pet. If you want to celebrate a hallmark occasion with a new pet, consider bringing him or her home after the holiday has passed.
Likewise, if you already have pets at home, consider how your current pets will respond to the new addition. If you are considering adopting a new pet, especially a kitten or puppy, into a home with a senior pet be certain that you can meet the needs of both.
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding how to choose the right pet for your family, or about transitioning a new pet into your home, please feel free to give us a call.