One of the hardest decisions to make, once you have made the decision to get a pet, is ‘choosing the right pet’ for you. One of the most common reasons animals are dumped, re-homed or taken to the pound is that they are NOT SUITABLE for their owner’s lifestyle and become a handful. An excellent website to guide you in your decision Pedigree Select-A-Dog. By simply answering a few questions it will determine what dog is most suitable for your lifestyle.
In order for your new little family member to ‘fit in’, and become a loyal companion, there are many factors that you need to consider:
Are you thinking dog or cat?
Do you want an inside or outside pet?
Cats can live exclusively indoors and be very content indeed
If outside, then how big is your backyard?
Do you lead an active lifestyle?
Certain breeds of dogs require lots of exercise or they become destructive or try to escape.
Will your pet be a constant companion or lap dog, or be left alone for periods of the day whilst you are at work?
Behaviour problems can develop with certain breeds if they are left to their own devices day in day out.
Do you already have other pets?
Your 15 year old cat may not take too kindly to being chased around the house by a new puppy.
Do you have children, and if so, then how old are they?
A large boisterous puppy may bowl toddlers over, or frighten young children.
Do you have time for grooming a long coat each day? If not, then a Persian or an Old English Sheepdog is not for you.
Do you travel a lot?
Your pet may not take too kindly to spending every school holiday in a boarding facility.
What is your weekly budget?
The larger the animal, the larger the feed bills!
In fact, often flea treatments, worming pills and heartworm prevention, in addition to veterinary medications will increase according to the weight of your pet.
How much do you want to spend on purchasing your pet?
Have you considered adopting a rescue animal? Four Paws, SCARS and RSPCA all have healthy animals looking for loving families.
Are you aware that some pedigree pets have pedigree problems (eg, hip dysplasia, heart disease, breathing problems, eye issues etc).
As you can see, being a responsible pet owner takes a lot of forethought.
Please contact the staff at NWVS for advice on 5493 2655, as we are more than happy to discuss any queries you may have.
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