Owning a pet can be extremely rewarding, but taking time to make an informed decision before you choose is important. Things you should consider include:
- How the pet will interact with the entire family-especially children
- Costs associated for food, vaccinations, grooming, emergencies, preventative medications (such as flea/tick control)
- How much time will be needed to interact with your pet to train it and keep it happy
- Laws associated with owning the pet
- Expected lifespan
- Behavioral characteristics of the species/breed
Many pets seem irresistible at first. But the little puppy may grow to be 150 pounds and become financially difficult to care for. The fuzzy kitten may shred everything in sight. Situations like these can create tremendous stress on your family if you don't anticipate such possibilities. Please consider all aspects of pet ownership and do your research before getting your companion so that you are prepared for the responsibility. If you are not sure about choosing a pet, we encourage you to discuss it with one of our veterinarians.