Things to Consider Before Adopting a Dog
With the holiday season approaching, one popular gift idea is getting a pet. Pets are serious commitments and should not be taken lightly. There are many things to consider before taking the plunge. We will outline some of them below.
- Getting a pet as a gift is not always a good idea: This is especially true if the pet is a surprise. You might be forcing responsibility on someone who may be unwilling or unable to take it on.
- Consider the financial costs that come with a new pet: There are many things an owner needs to pay for. These include veterinary care (both scheduled and emergencies), parasite control, toys, dog food, bowls, bedding, crates, and possibly grooming.
- Getting the pet spayed or neutered is medically and behaviorally important.
- Homes need to be prepared: This may include getting a pet carrier to crate train and control a pet, baby gates to bar entry to certain areas, placing toxic chemicals well out of reach, and keeping easily-chewed electrical wires out of the way.
- The choice of pet is important and very personal. In order for the relationship to be successful a lot of thought needs to go into the requirements of different animals for companionship, exercise, adult size, compatibility and many factors most of which can be predicted and anticipated.
These are just a few things to consider. This list goes on. Regardless, a new pet is a major commitment for many years and not something to do impulsively.