Adopting a pet such as a dog and bringing him into your home can be the most amazing feeling in the world. Getting a pet is a wonderful step in your life and having a cute furry face looking up at you every day is the best feeling.
Before you decide to become a new pet parent though there are a lot of things you just need to research and be aware of. A pet is a lifelong commitment and we want to ensure that you are prepared before you take the leap in your own life.
They need constant love
Pets are loving. Dogs and cats in particular are incredibly affectionate and will bond with you as their parent soon after you bring them home. When getting a pet you need to be ready for lots of cuddles and kisses and also be sure that your lifestyle allows you to dedicate some time every day to playing with them and being in their company. Pets are amazing and they will bring love to your life but you need to be aware of this if you aren’t an affectionate person or don’t have the time.
Vet bills are expensive
Pets are brilliant and adopting an animal from an animal rescuer is not at all pricey. However, be aware of vet bills once you bring your furry friend home. Anything from a quick checkup to a vet trip after an accident can be costly and you need to be sure you have the budget to allow for this when you get a pet. A great idea is to invest in health insurance for your pet and then you don’t need to worry about high singular costs.
You need to exercise them
It is so important when you get a dog or a cat that you give them enough stimulation and exercise every day. A dog needs to be taken out for a walk a few times a day and a cat needs things to climb on and the hunt if they are confined to the house. Be sure you research your breed of dog and know how much exercise it needs because breeds such as a Springer Spaniel will need a lot more than a Westie!
They need grooming
Dogs and long haired cats need to be groomed often to keep them clean, free of fleas, and knot free. It is important you are ready for grooming your pet or if you don’t want to do this, get a breed that doesn’t require much if at all. For longer haired dogs or spaniels who have very hairy ears, the hair here can become matted and it can be painful as well as be a breeding ground for bugs or infections.
You’ll have to say goodbye
The most important thing to remember if you are thinking of getting a pet is that one day you will have to say goodbye. When it is time to say goodbye to a pet you can consider investing in grave markers and headstones for pets and have a proper send off for your furry family member - even planting a tree or a rose in their memory. If you are not ready for the upset that comes with saying goodbye to a pet then maybe hold off for now.