It’s very exciting for a family to get a pet, especially if you still have children at home. Before you adopt a pet, there are several important factors you need to consider, such as finances and available time. Also, first, make sure that no one in the family is allergic to dogs or cats before you commit to getting one of these pets. It might be a good idea to get a pediatrician to test your children for fur or dander allergies.
Here are some other things to consider before you get a family pet.
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1. Yearly Cost
Consider the yearly total cost of caring for your new pet. This could include food, medical expenses, toys and a license. Affordable options for buying medication are now available online, such as Canada pet meds. Also, make sure you find a reputable and affordable veterinarian, before getting your pet.
If you want to keep fish, you also need to consider costs like an aquarium and filter equipment. If you can afford the ongoing costs, but not the price of the pet, consider adopting from a shelter, or from a friend or family member who is giving away puppies or kittens.
It’s essential that you also factor in unexpected expenses such as major vet bills, and trips to a groomer. If you have a pet with health issues, it might be in your best interest to get pet insurance. This will also come in handy when you need to have your pets spayed or neutered. It’s better for your pet’s health to have this operation done before they reach reproductive age. Additionally, some pet insurance companies like Bivvy offer coverage options that include routine vet checkups, vaccinations, and prescription medication and can keep your pet protected in case of accident or illness for only $15 per month.
2. Your Lifestyle
A pet might not be the best option for you if you already have a full schedule. Pets like dogs and cats need a lot of attention. If you have too little time to interact with your pets, you could always get a pet that requires less time, like a fish.
Do your research beforehand, as pet care and grooming can take a lot of your time. You also need to learn about grooming and nutrition.
Before bringing a pet home, you need to take the size and activity level of your pets into account as well. For example, you won’t be able to keep a large dog in a small apartment, or you might need to install cat doors if you live in a villa.
Also consider if you have friends or family who can look after your animals when you go on holiday, or are away for work. If not, you will need money to pay for a pet sitter or boarding kennel. It’s also not a great idea to get a pet if you’re going to be moving around a lot.
3. Training and Toys
You need the time and willingness to start house training your pets as soon as you bring them home. Dogs especially need to be taught to be well-behaved otherwise they can be destructive and cause a huge mess in your home.
You can start by putting your puppy on a leash and taking him on a walk through his new neighborhood, and investing in puppy lessons.
You’ll need the right treats for your puppies, as they can be great tools for behavior training. Experiment with treats until you find one that your puppy will do anything for, such as staying by your side and sitting down. Give snacks in moderation, as you don’t want your pet to end up with excess body weight.
4. Adjust Your Home To Be Pet Friendly
Watch videos on YouTube, or read articles on how to make your home safe. Also, read as much as you can about animal behavior. Before you bring your pet home, it’s essential to put hazardous and toxic substances, including plants, out of their way.
Even something simple like sugar-free chewing gum can be deadly to dogs. Also, remove hanging electric and curtain cords.
Before you get a pet, it’s important to understand the long-term commitment involved. Some pets will need more space and attention than others. You must decide on a pet that fits in with your family’s lifestyle. Have a discussion with the entire family, and consider their input before making your final decision.