It’s a big deal when you make the decision to welcome a new pet into your home. There are several factors to take into consideration, besides simply figuring out what type of pet you’ll choose. Take your time to evaluate the various options you have, as well as the following things that new pet owners often overlook.
Owning a new pet increases your monthly expenses, even to a small extent. You have to obtain a place for your pet to sleep, food, toys and accessories. Veterinary care is your greatest concern up-front since you want to make sure that your new pet is taken care of and healthy for years to come. Even the healthiest pets need vaccinations. Be sure to check out Dr. Bruce’s Animal Hospital’s Free Vaccines for Life program that will cover your pet’s most important vaccinations.
In order to maintain your pet’s appearance, you’ll likely spend some money on grooming their hair and keeping their nails nice and clean. What about when you want to go on a vacation? Will someone be able to come to your house to take care of them, or will you need to put your furry loved one into a temporary boarding facility?
These small things add up over time, so be sure to look over your budget and make sure that you’re able to afford all the additional expenses that you may encounter.
Bringing in a new pet is in many ways like welcoming a new child into your home. If you’ve raised children, you know that having “nice” things around a child isn’t the best combination. Just like kids, puppies and kittens must learn boundaries and what they can or can’t touch inside of the home.
Do you own a home or do you rent an apartment? Make sure that you have enough room for your new pet to roam around, and that owning a pet isn’t against any lease agreement you may have already signed.
Is your lifestyle such that you can take time to help train your new pet? If you don’t have the time to train your pet, can you hire someone to assist you with helping teach them proper home behavior and to potty train?
Do you travel often? If you to leave your home often, you should think about whether or not having a pet is right for you. Leaving a pet home for an extended period of time on a regular basis may make your pet feel lonely or sad.
Pet Care Responsibilities
There’s a lot of work that goes into taking care of a pet. Feeding, walking, bathing, playing and caring for them are just a handful of things that you’ll be responsible for. Are you going to share these responsibilities with anyone else, or will these be placed solely on you? If you’re going to be handling these responsibilities on your own, then we highly encourage you to make sure that you budget your time accordingly. Your pet will need a lot of regular love and attention. You don’t want to neglect your pet because you didn’t realize how much time their care would take.
If you have children, helping them get involved with a pet’s care is an excellent way to teach them responsibility. Many parents who own pets have said that after involving their children with their pet’s care, their children became more responsible in other areas of their life.
An Incredible Reward
Bringing a pet into your home is one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and fun experiences that you can have in a lifetime. Pets bring an incredible amount of joy and happiness to the homes they live in, but they don’t come without work.
We hope that by considering these questions you can make sure you’re truly ready to welcome a new member into your family. When you’re ready to make this decision, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for suggestions on where to adopt a pet that’s right for your family.